This month we celebrated Valentine’s Day with lots of hearts and love. I hope you see debate as part of love! Even though when we debate we focus on trying to convince someone that we are more right than others, simply engaging in the debate is an act of love. Anytime we engage in a conversation or discussion about an issue that is contentious or controversial, we engage our bravery. When we listen and learn from others, we engage in love. We make our world better. Talking about the things that are difficult to talk about is one of the best ways to show love to others and for ourselves.
At BUDL, we also get to see love all the time when alumni come back to support the next generation. We see so many parents and family members come out to be silent cheerleaders for their debaters, and we have volunteers who come and share their time to support and encourage our debaters. That’s love in action…and we love it!
Be brave, loving, open with your support, and use your voice (this month and always) to engage. Happy love month!
– Coleen Reyes, Executive Director
BUDL debaters stage an informal scrimmage with Washington Urban Debate League at the Pennsbury Falcon Invitational.
ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL #5 TOURNAMENT
We are halfway through facilitating another round of “It’s Debatable!” professional development, wherein we have the pleasure of working with participants across grade levels and content areas.
If you are interested in learning more about Professional Development and how debate can support all subjects, teachers, and classrooms, contact Jen Wheeler (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information on BUDL’s “It’s Debatable!” professional development program.