Students posing with resolution

Each year, the National Speech and Debate Association celebrates National Speech and Debate Education Day to recognize the efforts of speech and debate educators and to highlight the pivotal role these skills play in personal advocacy, social movements and public policy making. In recognition of the outstanding speech and debate educators in District 196 and the district’s tradition of excellence in speech and debate at the state and national level, the District 196 School Board approved the following resolution at its Feb. 12 regular meeting:

National Speech and Debate Education Day

Whereas, National Speech and Debate Education Day is being celebrated nationwide on March 2, 2018; and

Whereas, established by the National Speech & Debate Association, in conjunction with national and local partners, this event serves to promote better instruction in speech and debate across all grade levels and to highlight the pivotal roles these abilities play in personal advocacy, social movements and public policy making; and

Whereas, speech and debate education helps students develop important skills in communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration through the practice of public speaking, participants learn not only to analyze and express complex ideas effectively but also to listen, concur, question or dissent with reason and compassion; and

Whereas, across the country, countless educators devote in-school, after-school and weekend time to supporting their students in speech and debate practices and competitions, and the example of hard work and dedication they set has lasting, positive impact on their pupils; and

Whereas, the skills learned through speech and debate serve students well throughout their lives, and this occasion presents a welcome opportunity to recognize such instruction as an essential component of a well-rounded curriculum; now,

Now, therefore be it resolved, March 2, 2018, is National Speech and Debate Education Day being celebrated nationwide and in Independent School District 196.

The Minnesota Senate also approved a similar resolution. Speech and debate students from Eagan High School are pictured above with the Senate resolution.

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