Why Debate is Good– Reading Skills

A skill that isn’t really discussed that debate helps cultivate is the ability to read effectively. Because of the short time requirements that each individual competitor is forced to deal with during a debate, each debater much be able to parse through information at an incredibly rapid pace. As such, a debater is forced to learn how to read and process information at incredible rates. And because of the speed in which one is forced to speak during a policy debate, a policy debater specifically learns how to process information quickly as s/he speaks out loud. This has helped me with school and throughout my daily life, as I am capable of comprehending something that I am forced to read very quickly. It’s surprising to me that this skill isn’t discussed very often in articles and posts about the value of debating, because it’s certainly an indispensable skill for one’s every and work life. I suppose it’s just something that people don’t think about very often.

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