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Founder’s Insights

Author: Pat Lockhart

Narrator: Timothy G. Little

While only 50% of high school students in urban schools graduate…

Short Introductory Video

90% of urban high school debaters graduate.

All About World Debating Forum

Solution-Oriented Market-Centered Debating

The Intersection Of Sports And Debate

Welcome! We recommend watching the short intro videos above before browsing our extensive WDF book and video collection.

  

Hello Educators, Students & Parents!

With a single $10 donation you’ll receive a one-year free membership for yourself and then you’ll also be able to give free memberships to your entire class – and all their parents too! There are no strings attached and no hidden agendas – this WorldDebatingForum website is about making virtual and in-class debate happen for as many schools and families as possible, and we know that teachers and students are natural leaders and innovators!

 

Teachers, students and parents are using these FREE GUIDES to discover how many ways a simple debating program can make virtual and in-class learning more fun, more social, and much more productive.

 

Membership includes FREE downloads of any of our 6 new full-length ebook debating guides plus FREE open access to our 1000+ volume curated debating video and debate book libraries and resources. With your single $10 Educator Membership you can empower ALL your students to gain new energy and purpose and give parents new ways to be involved partners in their education while reducing your own teaching workload.

 

  • You, your kids and their parents together can create exciting new virtual and in-class events full of great social interaction!

  • Your kids will get better grades with less homework and have more fun doing it!

  • Every student will learn to speak with confidence and present their ideas more successfully!

  • Students will master both native English and ESL quicker, easier and better through debate!

“Imagine graduating from high school each year millions of underprivileged teenagers with the ability to articulate their needs and ideas, the ability to understand and address the needs of others, and the ability and energy to offer thoughtful solutions.”

Ed Lee, Atlanta Urban Debate League

YOU CAN HELP to ensure that every kid has the opportunity be a debater!

Testimonials

College Bound Thanks To Debating 

Why Corporations Love High School Debate

Kid President Is Over It!

How Grade-School Debate Can Build Young Minds

Brooklyn Debate Team Headed To National Championship

Debating can change your life

How debating pushed my limits and how it can push yours

The Science of Argumentation

Can Debate Build Executive Brain Functions?

Video Resources For Grade School Debate

Encouraging Student Classroom Debate

Australian Kids Debate Using Lollipops As Rewards

Training for Young Debaters & Judges

How To Build Great Arguments

Facebook For Kids: Yes or No?

BSRI Best Practices: Fifth Grade Debates

Video Resources For High School Debate

Debating Can Change Your Life

Animated School Debate Orientation

Debaters Speak @ 350 WPM – Crazy Fast!

Debate, Magic & Harry Potter

Energetic HS Debate: “Abolish The Death Penalty”

Final WSDC 2017

Video Resources For College Debate

Practical Advice From Sharp Wellesley College Debaters

Harvard Debater Discuss Lessons Learned

Finding Your Voice – An Inspirational Story

Everyone Is A Debater: The Universal Experience

Strategic Argumentation For College debaters

DEBATE: Is Christianity True?

Video Resources For Debate Judges

Coach Briefing Judges On Their Roles

Debate Judge Orientation Video

Judging A Formal Classroom Debate

National Semi-Finals: Full-Length Example For Judges

Lost Art Of Democratic Debate

What does the adjudicator look for in a debate?

 WORLD DEBATE LIBRARY 

Featuring Debate Videos From Around The World 

High School Seniors debate the confederate flag

 

Has your debate team created a well-edited video of one of your best debates? It is free of bad language and objectionable material? Is it under 30 minutes long? 

If so, we want to feature your most outstanding debate videos in this unique library of the best debates in the world. Please contact us for full information.

When is military intervention justified?

Should professional athletes be held to a higher moral standard?

Debate Books That We Recommend

Kate Schuster’s Groundbreaking Middle School Debate And Public Speaking Book

Excellent Introduction To Using Debate As A Teaching Tool

Uniquely Useful Guide To Spanish Language Debating

What’s the need?

The world debating forum.com global online debating platform is going to be revolutionary because it allows people to debate all over the world, with all kinds of schools and all levels of individuals debating each other on all kinds of subjects. WDF will empower debaters to interact real-time worldwide in any of the major world languages.

For example, if you’re a South Korean university student speaking Korean into your laptop and you’re in a debate with students from a US university, your spoken words will come to your US counterparts in English, or any other language you or they choose, and their English will come to you in Mandarin – or any other language you choose, including native English.

 

 

SELECT THE LANGUAGES THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE

How does it work?

With the WDF platform, you will be able to debate in your first language and be heard by listeners in their native language; you can also listen in your own language to debaters who are speaking in their native language,  and everyone can read the transcript of what is being said in any language.

 Among many other advantages, this will make international online debate a huge resource for learning ESL (English as a Second Language) – arguably the most important language-related use of the internet today with over 700 Million ESL learners worldwide.

Our common goals

We are confident that online debate will help unite the world, bringing us together as global citizens with a common goal of finding the right answers and solutions for each society. Let our leaders fail at debating the issues, as they will – we can bring our young and old better thinkers to the forefront and let them lead the discussions about issues that affect us all. We believe in strong national interests for all countries, but also believe we must unite to help each other.

We believe that the World Debating Forum can open up debating and dialogue worldwide by and for the people of each country, independent of their politicians and so-called leaders. Out of this dialogue and debate will come a global sharing of ideas, analyses and solutions, recognizing that no one group or on society has all the answers for everyone, but also that ideas that work well in one society ought to be shared globally for everyone’s consideration. Launching and building World Debating Forum will be a major undertaking, with a major investment in software and hardware, but it’s well underway and we hope to have it launched and operational by the end of 2020 – stay tuned.

World Debating Forum-US

Our platform is going be first out of the gate, and we plan to have our beta sites up and running 120 days from launch. This will be a unified user-friendly system designed to fit the new models of work and education that we now know must be built.

World Debating Forum won’t be the ultimate debating experience, like being in the room across from each other, but it’s going to fill a huge gap that’s needed right now. As for the future, we have a small team looking into the possibilities of holographic debating rooms, which will definitely come online in a year or two and WDF is planning to be right there in the lead.

Designed to work with schools

The idea of online debating isn’t new – people have been trying out the idea for over 20 years, but we believe that we are building a platform that is far more user-friendly, farm more versatile, and much more fun. Our WDF platform is designed to integrate seamlessly with existing school debating systems or leagues and to complement their current programs while helping them grow in new directions at the same time.

         Most existing school debate programs will stay much the same while moving online; however, the online option will be something with far greater potential to unite the community than simply holding the debate in a library or auditorium. Online debating will make it easy for people to view a debate real-time or to go look up an archived debate that may feature a friend or relative. You can log in and be part of the audience for a debate being held halfway across the country, or the world, featuring your own kids, or maybe their cousins, or uncles, nieces, or nephews – whoever. You can watch part of a debate and come back to watch the rest at a later time because every debate on WDF will be archived in our video library and on our YouTube channel.

We share your dreams

World Debating Forum is designed to take debate out of the schools and libraries and make it a central part of public life in every community, providing a scaffolding on which the best and brightest young minds in any community can take part in and influence the dialogues and decisions that affect the lives of everyone in the community – decisions and dialogues which until now have been left mostly to “leaders” operating behind closed doors.

We think that Debate = Democracy, and we believe that by putting debate online and making public debate a core part of every significant public decision, the World Debating Forum can lead to better government and more prosperous, peaceful and productive communities.