At the heart of everything we do is the Major Boost in Skills and Knowledge. Major Boost in Skills refer to critical thinking and communication—core skills of leadership. Major Boost in Knowledge refers to core understanding of government, political-economy and relevant history and is invaluable for any citizen, not to mention aspiring leader regardless of profession.
Our High School Debate Camps provide the Major Boost in Skills and go some distance toward providing the Major Boost in Knowledge, especially where it is useful in speech and debate competition.
Our Middle School Debate Camps position you for the vaunted, future Skills and Knowledge Boost.
Our Public Service School provides the Major Boost in Knowledge. Someone who had never participated in one of our debate camps and who participated in the school, would have their Skills greatly improved, excluding some competitive-debate skills. Where Skills are concerned, the focus is upon “real-world” (professional career) leadership. This focus is also invaluable for college course work. The school is not meant to help you in high school speech and debate competition. (It does cast light upon speech and debate competition insofar as this is useful to know in college and professional life. Remember many aspiring leaders participate in the speech and debate circuit and you will be interacting with them in time.)
The ideal sequence is to participate in the debate camp program and thereafter the public service school. Thus obtained is the Major Boost in Both Skills and Knowledge.
If you are in a high school camp, we provide you debate circuit instruction and enrich it. This makes you in a sense competitively “bilingual.” You become far better at debate whether public forum, policy, congressional, model congress or model united nations. You also become better at speech and debate when attempting to influence a general audience in “real-world” settings.
And we take the sum of knowledge that would be gained from US, European and World AP History and in a meaningful way enrich and expand that. A student need not be taking nor ever take an AP History course in order to benefit from the Knowledge Boost. The benefits of the Boost are several:–it helps you in academic debate, in deciding upon a college curriculum, in navigating that curriculum and it sticks with you through your professional life.
(Is it possible to quantify what is meant by “major” boost? Perhaps it is. Perhaps the boost is as high as 500%. Still we must recognize that quantification is very difficult in the face of what is a vast, mostly qualitative realm. Some students might reap “500%”, other less. Yet, even an entering, champion high school debater could gain a very significant competitive edge.)