NATIONAL SPEECH AND DEBATE EDUCATION DAY
The First Friday in March is National Speech and Debate Education Day to prepare students to do more than speaking publicly. Through the support of coaches and teachers, students learn the skills vital to success in future careers and everyday decision making. The ability to conduct thorough research, construct intelligent arguments and receive constructive criticism produces assured citizens able to collaborate and communicate their ideas in effective, even eloquent ways.
National Speech and Debate Education Day encourages communities to show the coaches and teachers support for their hard work and dedication. They spend long hours preparing and helping the students after the school day has ended. These sessions often occur after their workday has ended and before they have even been home to their families. Speech and Debate coaches spend as much time as athletic coaches preparing, studying rules, reviewing speeches, pairing teams, making changes, students work, traveling, judges and hosting events.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Find out more about National Speech and Debate Education Day. Explore the opportunities for Speech and Debate in your school. Students who participate in Speech and Debate inspire others to confidently present their ideas. Motivate and support each other to engage in a contest of words and thoughts. They won’t regret it! Support your local school’s Speech and Debate teams and use #SpeechAndDebateEducationDay and #WeAreSpeechAndDebate to share on social media.
The National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) founded National Speech and Debate Education Day to recognize and celebrate the positive impact speech and debate activities have on schools, students, organizations and their communities. In 2016, the United States Senate passed a resolution declaring March 15, 2016, to be National Speech and Debate Education Day. In 2017, the Senate passed the resolution declaring the day to March 3, 2017. Both resolutions were co-sponsored by Senator Charles Grassley and Senator Chris Coons. In 2018, the date was set for Friday, March 2nd. The latest resolution declares the first Friday in March as the celebration date.
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