Considering my reminiscing about being on the high school debate team back in the stone ages, this article in the Tennessean piqued my interest. Until I got to this:
Antioch is the only public school in the state that offers debate classes, and it is the only public school in Tennessee that has a policy debate team.
What the? You mean all those teams that were around in the 70’s and 80’s are gone? My very first girlfriend was a girl from the Cohn debate team – Cohn High School was pretty darn inner-city before they closed it down. EVERY public school had a debate team, back in the day.
You’re telling me that Metro Nashville public high schools (outside of Antioch, supported by the Alliance for Public Education) have NO debate teams? That whole, wonderful academic world I was a part of is now vanished?
This makes me horribly, horribly sad. The program run by Alliance for education needs to be expanded to all of Metro Nashville schools. Why doesn’t Metro sponsor debate tournaments anymore? It isn’t even a sanctioned extracurricular activity anymore?
That just makes me want to scream.
Read these testimonials. Just read them.
I think I’ve found my new cause. This is wrong. I’m going to try to do something about it. I don’t know just what, yet. But I can’t just sit by knowing that this opportunity isn’t even available to today’s students.