All of the speech formats the students will learn at Young Genius are high school formats thus, the students can comfortably continue competing in speech events once they reach high school.
Debate is an event offered in High School Forensics. The goal is to
simulate the U.S. Congress, either the House or the Senate and debate
bills and resolutions of current interest. The competitive format is 6
to 9 students in a room giving speeches and asking questions of each
other. While the goal is to simulate the U.S. Congress we like to think
that our students are sometimes better behaved and more knowledgeable
than their adult role models in the real Congress.
We teach students generally from 4th or 6th grade all the way to High School Seniors. Congressional Debate classes focus on the
skills necessary to be successful in the event. Research, persuasive
speaking, active listening, critical thinking, accurate and
extensive note taking and cross examination skills are all integral to
the course. Congressional Debate is the format which is the easiest to
master and we offer it as an introductory course for students with no
prior experience in debate. Congressional Debate is usually a stepping
stone to LD or Public Forum Debate.
advantage we have at Young Genius is that we tailor our classes to the
group of students we are instructing. There is no "class in a can" we
work with each group of students adjusting to their level of ability and
are educators first, focusing on ethics, skills and knowledge. But we
do offer students the opportunity to attend tournaments and to put what
they have learned to the test. We have achieved outstanding competitive
success even winning High School tournaments with Middle School