Values

Throughout everything we do, DebateDrills students, coaches, and staff are guided by a core set of seven values.

Individual Attention

 

 

 

 

Learning modern, academic debate is difficult and requires individual attention from experts. We are committed to teaching debate and argumentation in a 1 on 1, individualized setting, be it through tutoring or tournament preparation. We know from first hand experience as competitors and coaches that nothing beats personalized tutoring plans tailored to your unique needs.

Form > Content

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our goal is to teach you how to think, not what to think. We’ll equip you to tackle a range of complex issues through a rigorous teaching methodology. We hire coaches from across the ideological spectrum to teach our students how to willingly and meaningfully discuss, engage and appreciate all “types” and “styles” of argumentation. This prepares our students to take different stances in competitive debate and to develop their own goals and opinions.

 

 

 

 

 

Process > Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are process oriented, not results oriented. We think about and approach teaching argumentation, logic, and debate as a process, not as a destination. The byproduct of excellence is success, and we are fixated on becoming excellent at the process of debate. The results naturally follow.

Respect and Integrity

 

 

 

 

 

We care deeply about teaching and competing with respect and integrity. Though competitions can get heated, we believe that our ethical obligation as educators and coaches require us to be role-models for our students no matter the situation. Accordingly, we carry ourselves with grace in both victory and defeat and refuse to partake in practices that are common-place at debate competitions. That’s why you won’t hear us yelling or hassling judges at competitions.

 

 

 

 

Transparency

 

 

 

 

 

Our students regularly lead the push for promoting transparent debate practices, such as uniformly open-source disclosing positions we read at debate tournaments and posting round reports. We believe debate as an activity is best when coaches and students are willing to compete with transparency.

Mental Health and Headspace

 

 

 

 

 

Our approach to learning and competition is holistic. Students are most likely to succeed when they are taught how to deal with the anxiety or fear of failure that naturally accompanies high-level competition. As a collective, we recognize the value of mental health and put strong emphasis on discussing and teaching healthy habits for competition.

 

 

 

 

Fun

 

 

 

 

We are dedicated to learning, practicing, and teaching debate because we love the activity and think it’s fun. This reflects in our teaching practices, be it through tutoring sessions that run longer than intended because we’ve lost track of time or our preparation services where we are constantly discussing and thinking about innovative strategies and arguments. Our students learn best when they’re having fun, so we keep our sessions dynamic and engaging.