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Only 43% of urban high-risk non-debaters graduate

WHILE

72% of urban high-risk student debaters graduate.

Only 50% of students in urban high schools graduate
WHILE
90% of urban high school debaters graduate.

Watch the Video to find out WHY?—->

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 Students, Educators & Parents!

Register and receive a free membership for yourself and then you’ll also be able to give free memberships to others. 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 Free 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.

Teachers, students and parents together can create exciting new virtual and in-class events full of great social interaction!

Students 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, and will find language learning made fun and easy!

“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

College Multi-Level Debate

 

Athletics & Debate – Paths To Success In Life

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

Brooklyn Debate Team Headed To National Championship

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

Debate, Magic & Harry Potter

Animated School Debate Orientation

Energetic HS Debate: “Abolish The Death Penalty”

Debaters Speak @ 350 WPM – Crazy Fast!

Final WSDC 2017

Video Resources For College Debate

Practical Advice From Sharp Wellesley College Debaters

Everyone Is A Debater: The Universal Experience

Harvard Debater Discuss Lessons Learned

Strategic Argumentation For College debaters

Finding Your Voice – An Inspirational Story

DEBATE: Is Christianity True?

Video Resources For Debate Judges

Coach Briefing Judges On Their Roles

National Semi-Finals: Full-Length Example For Judges

Debate Judge Orientation Video

Lost Art Of Democratic Debate

Judging A Formal Classroom 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

High School Seniors debate the confederate flag

The Critical Role Of Logic In Debate And In Life

Grade School Classroom And Some Formal Debate

How To Judge Debates Fairly & Accurately

Excellent Introduction To Using Debate As A Teaching Tool

Experienced Teachers Share Their Classroom Debating Know-How

High School Classroom And Formal Debate

How To Raise Money For Your Debate Team

Uniquely Useful Guide To Spanish Language Debating

Why Debate?

College Multi-level Debate

What’s the need?

The world debating forum global online 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.

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.

We believe that the World Debating Forum can open up debating and dialogue worldwide. 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.

World Debating Forum-US

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, far 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 make debate 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.