Young debaters boost their skills

Debate expert Brian Casey leads a session at the Fred Speirs Inter-School Debate Workshop last month.
Debate expert Brian Casey leads a session at the Fred Speirs Inter-School Debate Workshop last month.

A workshop to help young debaters hone their skills was recently held at several schools.

The Fred Speirs Inter-School Debate Workshop hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Grand Cayman Sunrise and Rotary Central from Jan. 26-28 provided an opportunity for students to brush up their debating techniques, as well as helping teachers with coaching tools.

The workshop, named after late educator and local Rotarian Fred Spiers, was led by debate experts and guest presenters Brian Casey and Patricia Donnelly, both from Halifax, Canada.

Mr. Casey has 35 years’ experience in debate coaching and served as president of the Canadian Student Debating Federation and president of the Nova Scotia Debating Society.

Ms. Donnelly has been a debate coach since the late 1970’s. She has been a director of the Canadian Student Debate Federation, and has just completed her term as president of the Nova Scotia Debating Society.

The debates were attended by more than 30 students from eight high schools.

The debates covered topics including whether reality TV does more harm than good, whether cellphones should be banned in schools, and the evils of social media.

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