It has been said that considering William T. Dwyer High School recently hosted the “Barbara Dale Lauder McCall Grand Finals National Qualifying Tournament” for the National Tournament (debating competition) to be held in Chicago on May 23-27th and while still on the heels of its State Championship in football this year, there is a certain poetic juxtaposition (the state of being close together) between the school’s elite athletes, and its fledgling, but now thriving speech and debate team, which qualified five students (three of whom are freshmen) to attend the National tournament, that William T. Dwyer High School may have well started to forge a unique identity as a true “renaissance” school, in keeping with the man for whom the school is named.
When we use the term “renaissance”, what exactly do we mean? As a noun (person, place or thing) we could say it means: a situation or period of time when there is a new interest in something that has not been popular in a long time or a period of new growth or activity. A prime example of this would be the period of European history between the 14th and 17th centuries when there was a new interest in science and in ancient art and literature especially in Italy known as the Renaissance.
According to a recent press release by the School District of Palm Beach County, William T. Dwyer, located in Palm Beach Gardens, proudly brings together students from three north county communities: Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter and Riviera Beach. This diverse academic institution continues to grow and thrive in so many areas. In addition to its stellar athletics, the school hosts high-level academic programs in its Finance Academy and its International Baccalaureate program, and provides “real-world” academic training in its Early Childhood and Culinary Academies. Add to those opportunities a highly successful Jr. ROTC program, and a nurturing academic home to students with special needs, and one can see the magical confluence known as William T. Dwyer High School.
Special congrats to William T. Dwyer’s debate team and all the best for the Nationals in Chicago this May.
Please see and read attached information list on debating, common-core standards, public speaking, et al.
REF: SDPBC (Press Release) Public Affairs Office, Mar. 2014
Debating is healthy
Debate is a method of interactive and representational argument. Debate is a broader form of argument than deductive reasoning, which only examines whether a conclusion is a consequence of premises, and factual argument, which only examines what is or isn't the case, or rhetoric, which is a technique of persuasion. Though logical consistency, factual accuracy and some degree of emotional appeal to the audience are important elements of the art of persuasion, in debating, one side often prevails over the other side by presenting a superior "context" and/or framework of the issue, which is far more subtle and strategic. The outcome of a debate depends upon consensus or some formal way of reaching a resolution, rather than the objective facts as such. In a formal debating contest, there are rules for participants to discuss and decide on differences, within a framework defining how they will interact.
Debating is commonly carried out in many assemblies of various types to discuss matters and to make resolutions about action to be taken, often by a vote. Deliberative bodies such as parliaments, legislative assemblies, and meetings of all sorts engage in debates. In particular, in parliamentary democracies a legislature debates and decides on new laws. Formal debates between candidates for elected office, such as the leaders debates and the U.S. presidential election debates, are sometimes held in democracies. Debating is also carried out for educational and recreational purposes, usually associated with educational establishments. The major goal of the study of debate as a method or art is to develop the ability to debate rationally from either position with equal ease.
Although informal debate is common the quality and depth of a debate improves with knowledge and skill of its participants as debaters. The outcome of a contest may be decided by audience vote, by judges, or by some combination of the two.
Common-Core Standards are essential
The state-led effort to develop the Common Core State Standards was launched in 2009 by state leaders, including governors and state commissioners of education from 48 states, two territories and the District of Columbia, through their membership in the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). State school chiefs and governors recognized the value of consistent, real-world learning goals and launched this effort to ensure all students, regardless of where they live, are graduating high school prepared for college, career, and life.
There are currently 29 Republicans and 21 Democrats that hold the office of governor in the states. Additionally, 2 Democrats (one is also a member of the PPD), 2 Republicans, and 1 independent serve as governors of United States Territories.
We all are public speakers or sneakers
Public speaking is the process and act of speaking or giving a lecture to a group of people in a structured, deliberate manner intended to inform, influence, or entertain a listening audience. Public speaking is commonly understood as face-to-face speaking between individuals and an audience for the purpose of communication. It is closely allied to "presenting", although the latter is more often associated with commercial activity. Most of the time, public speaking is to persuade the audience.
In public speaking, as in any form of communication, there are five basic elements, often expressed as "who is saying what to whom using what medium with what effects?" The purpose of public speaking can range from simply transmitting information, to motivating people to act, to simply telling a story. Good orators should be able to change the emotions of their listeners, not just inform them. Public speaking can also be considered a discourse community. Interpersonal communication and public speaking have several components that embrace such things as motivational speaking, leadership/personal development, business, customer service, large group communication, and mass communication. Public speaking can be a powerful tool to use for purposes such as motivation, influence, persuasion, informing, translation, or simply ethos.
Healthy debating is good for all, name calling and bickering is not!
Living our life as an example for others is always hard and sometimes just impossible without divine intervention because we all fall short of perfection as human beings. Whether descendants of apes or created creatures from paradise, in our present state we are not infallible and therefore need the comfort and support of each other in all undertakings.
Now is the time for all good citizens to come to the aid of their party, their state, then country in an united appeal to show the world that the United States of America not only represents (Current Flaw: gives too much money away from home for now when self-preservation is the first law of nature), but we are preparing our arsenal for a major defense. The Americas must stand united-----we must stand for all of the Americas present, forming and yet to come. What is America—land of the free, home of the brave.