American student debate is eminently distinguished and coincides with the history of the country; moreover, it predates the birth of the country. Perhaps the longest running debate club began at Princeton in 1765. None other than James Madison, a Princeton student in 1769, played a major role in the verbal combat of the day. Nowadays a vast debate camp and clubs circuit laps the land from coast to coast.
Approximately a quarter of a million high school and some middle school students, participate in one form of debate or other, that is, individual (Lincoln-Douglas), team (eg, Public Forum or Policy), model congress and model united nations. The college ranks number about 2500 students divided among 250 schools, not including college participation in Model Congress and Model United Nations.
There is no question that student debate in America is blessed with many good coaches and brilliant debaters. Furthermore, coaches and debaters are known to undertake a great deal of research vis-à-vis their resolutions and topics. For all that, Statesman Debate makes a very deliberate contribution and complements and enhances the circuit in regard to technique, argument and information.
Among our contributions is coaching lent those who are intending to participate in or who are presently participating in third-party events, such as tournament debates, model congress and model united nations.
James Madison rendered by James Sharples Princeton University Art Museum