Why debate? 


In the 21st century, success is strongly correlated with having good interpersonal skills. We  constantly face situations, where we have to present and defend our opinion in front of other people. If we give up that opportunity or are unable to do it successfully, a chance to change something or someone’s mind, to participate or lead a process will pass. Interview for a job or university admittance, political or birthday speech, in front of a large audience or just a few people -- no matter what the situation, argumentation and public speaking are always useful tools to have. A skilful speaker can give a speech in any situation and to any audience while leaving the impression that it was expected and therefore making an excellent impression.

Debate motions are changed to avoid monotony and to emphasise the educational agenda. One motion can carry through, up to one or two tournaments and even in that case the wording is often changed. Because the motions often change, it is useful to be acquainted with what is going on in the world by reading newspapers, articles, listening to the news etc. However that is not a precondition to start debating, it is more in the lines, that every debater starts reading more, not because it is obligatory or forced upon them, but because debaters would get interested in different topics and their background information. Debating widens ones views of the world and raises awareness regarding the issues that surround us.

In addition to what has been mentioned, debating teaches structure and how to organise ones thoughts. The Best example here could be the conclusions made by the teachers of Estonian language – essays written by debaters are often more logical, clear and their ideas are well reasoned.

If these reasons are still not enough to start debating, then it is important to add that debaters are fun and friendly people, who meets up during tournaments and annual summer camps, where various social activities have an important role to play.