speech & debate changes lives
the research says... debate
USA's National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA), a 95 year non-profit, runs the world's largest academic competitions, backed by research, rigor & 150,000 students annually. Elegant debate, encouraging teamwork & balanced perspectives, comes to India Jan 2020, as Stanford University alumnus & U.S. Coaches form a life changing academy for 4th-12th graders across India to train for monthly events in India & across Asia and the U.S., including at Harvard & Stanford University.
NSDA Alumni include successful entrepreneurs Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Jack Dorsey (Twitter), Ted Turner (CNN), Oprah Winfrey; entertainment celebrities Brad Pitt, Stephen Colbert, Bruce Springsteen, Adam Sandler; & U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan. Support your child's passion & growth with the research-backed benefits of debate.
“Both the consensus of the literature and... experimental findings justify the conclusion that debaters' critical thinking test scores are significantly higher than those of nondebaters."
— Research study by Dr. Joe Bellon
Proven to enhance reading speed, comprehension, writing, vocabulary
Raise test scores & speed naturally
- Boost information processing
Improve College Admissions up to 60% versus 5% for other activities
Gain valuable interview skills
Debate is the ultimate SAT Test prep
Learn Soft Skills: communication, creativity, confidence, collaboration
Develop elegant, balanced leaders by evaluating multiple perspectives
U.S. NSDA PARTnER
HOW IT WORKS
Learn foundational debate skills with expert U.S. Coaches. Training begins with short video lessons and frequent short quizzes and points to increase retention...
WHY SPEECH & DEBATE?
Professor Minh Luong of Yale University cites the unique benefits of speech and debate on Selective College Admissions. Debate vastly improves thinking, processing, expression, organizational, and communication skills sought by colleges. Read the full paper...
Improves reading, writing, speaking, listening and note-taking skills essential in all subjects. There is no academic activity that stimulates your child's development across so many core academic and life skills. Research on speech and debate validates this boost...
Debate has been proven in numerous research studies to help naturally raise standardized test scores for students. Debate provides the ultimate fun way to boost intrinsic motivation and performance on tests like the SAT and ACT. Learn why here...
TOP 3 JOB SKILLS
TOP 3 JOB SKILLS
An Association of American Colleges and Universities survey found 93% of Employers wanted a stronger focus on written and verbal communication skills, critical thinking, and demonstrated problem solving ability. Speech & Debate help master these skills in a fun...
EVENTS FOR EVERY CHILD
10 NSDA events across competitive Speech, Drama & Debate, to match all interests and personalities. Explore this site for our coaching philosophy and curriculum, breadth of competitive event offerings, and academic research studies on the proven, unique benefits.
Watch: What is U.S. NSDA Competitive Speech & Debate?
Watch: Ted Talk on why "Speech & Debate is the most transformative experience you can offer your students"
Watch: Speech & Debate Alumni including business leaders and celebrities
Watch: U.S. Presidential Candidate explain - "There is no better way for students to learn powerfully important skills."