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NCFCA debate

Vol. 54, Prg. 21–25
August 23–27, 2004

Not only is formal debate a great way to improve your student's public speaking ability, it also sharpens his research, analytic, and verbal skills. This week, host Michael Farris talks with four homeschooled guests who describe the many advantages of debating.

Speech and debate opportunities aren't just limited to public and private schools. The National Christian Forensics and Communications Association offers homeschooled students the chance to join local clubs, hone their debate skills, and compete in national tournaments. Tune in to this week's programs to find out more about how debate can enhance any homeschool curriculum.

Program Listing:

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An introduction to formal debate
The National Christian Forensics and Communications Association
Formal debate: The advantages
Using debate to prepare for college
Preparation for life

Guest: Monday & Tuesday

Christy Shipe

Christy L. Shipe helped found the homeschool debate league with her father, Michael Farris, under Home School Legal Defense Association in 1997 and has continued to work within the league since that time. The league is now under the direction of the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association, and Mrs. Shipe is vice president of the NCFCA Board of Directors. She is the author of An Introduction to Argumentation and Debate and coauthor of Argumentation and Debate: Taking the Next Step, both published by HSLDA.

Mrs. Shipe graduated summa cum laude from Cedarville University with a bachelor's degree in political science and received the Edmund Burke Award for excellence within the department of social sciences. While at Cedarville, she participated on the debate team for three years and received the Outstanding Graduate Award from the National Educational Debate Association in 1998. Mrs. Shipe enjoys serving as a guest speaker at debate camps and seminars when she gets a chance to take a break from her main job as a wife and mom of three young daughters.

Guest: Wednesday

Laurie Wilson

Laurie Wilson received her literature degree with an emphasis in creative and professional writing from Patrick Henry College. She grew up in Fresno, California, was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school, and began debating in her junior year. While in college, Laurie won the 2002 and 2004 National Educational Debate Association national tournaments. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in Latin and Greek at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Guest: Thursday

Caleb Winn

During the five years that Caleb Winn participated in National Christian Forensics and Communications Association debates, he qualified for the national tournament four times. His achievements included first place in Individual Events Sweeps (2001), second-place Lincoln-Douglas Team and second-place Lincoln-Douglas Speaker (2002), and National Team Debate Champion with his partner, Kirsten Flewelling (2003). Caleb is a sophomore at Biola University in La Mirada, California, and competes on their forensics team.

Guest: Friday

Katie Jackson

Born and raised in Fresno, California, Katie Jackson was homeschooled from kindergarten through high school and began debating in her senior year. After graduating in 2001, she moved to Washington, D.C., for a summer internship with the National Federation of Republican Women. That fall, she began attending Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, with a debate scholarship. During her four years pursuing a government degree at PHC, Katie interned at the Heritage Foundation and the White House, received an undergraduate fellowship from the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, and was a counselor at PHC's Teen Leadership Camps.

Program Offer

You can find out more about debate for homeschoolers by going to NCFCA's website. And don't forget to check out two informative resources at the link below. An Introduction to Argumentation and Debate and its sequel, Argumentation and Debate: Taking the Next Step, were written with novice and experienced debaters in mind.

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