Current Events
 
01/21/2016 09:19 AM by Hays Watson

Due to unforseen administrative challenges, the Georgia Debate Institutes will take a one-year break and will begin anew in 2017.

In the meantime, we are soliciting feedback from coaches and students alike in order to ensure an ever-improving low-cost, high-quality debate camp for students from the state of Georgia and across the Southeast.

If you have any questions about the 2017 GDI, please email georgiadebateinsitutes@gmail.com.

Thank you for your interest - we will see you in 2017! 

06/14/2014 3:27 PM by Hays Watson

The official start to the 2014 Georgia Debate Institutes begins tomorrow afternoon as kids from around Georgia and around the country - from New Mexico to Maryland, from Illinois to Florida - come to Athens to register for the 2 week policy camp.

06/14/2014 10:57 AM by Hays Watson

The pre-camp evidence packet for the two-week policy debate labs at the GDI are now available.  

Go to http://gdi.paperlessdebate.com/, find the "evidence/lectures" link on the left side of the screen, and click.  

05/01/2014 9:44 PM by Hays Watson

The Early Deposit deadline for the Georgia Debate Institutes has been extended to May 15.  We want to accommodate as many interested students and we hope that the extension will be of help to families, especially in the post-tax day period.  If your application is submitted and your deposit paid by the 15th, you'll enjoy a $100 discount off the total cost of the camp (one, two, or thee weeks).  If you have any additional questions, please visit our website (www.georgiadebateinstitutes.org) or email georgiadebateinstitutes@gmail.com.  

04/11/2014 09:12 AM by Hays Watson

 

Just under 3 weeks until the May 1 discount deadline for the Georgia Debate Institute! Apply and submit your deposit by May 1 and get $100 off an already low-cost, high-quality debate institute option!
For additional information, go to georgiadebateinstitutes.org, our PaDs site (http://gdi.paperlessdebate.com/_layouts/15/start.aspx#/) or email me at georgiadebateinstitutes@gmail.com!
We'd love to have you in Athens this summer - go Dawgs!

Just under 3 weeks until the May 1 discount deadline for the Georgia Debate Institute! Apply and submit your deposit by May 1 and get $100 off an already low-cost, high-quality debate institute option!For additional information, go to georgiadebateinstitutes.org, our PaDs site (http://gdi.paperlessdebate.com/_layouts/15/start.aspx#/) or email me at georgiadebateinstitutes@gmail.com!We'd love to have you in Athens this summer - go Dawgs!

 

01/24/2014 1:41 PM by Hays Watson

The application forms for the 2014 GDI will be available shortly.  If we can provide you with any information before the forms are posted please contact us at whwatson@gmail.com.

10/17/2013 5:32 PM by Hays Watson

Initial details regarding the 2014 Georgia Debate Institute are now available.  The included flier has the GDI's confirmed faculty, dates, pricing, and features! 

06/28/2010 11:46 AM by

The Georgia Debate Union has produced a letter for high schools to use while recruiting students to their debate teams.

It emphasizes the benefits of debate, including for college admissions, research skills, travel, and fun.

Please feel free to download and use this whenever necessary.

10/30/2009 11:01 AM by Ed Panetta

Susan Herbst, chief academic officer for the University System of Georgia, recently wrote an Inside Higher Ed piece and made a strong argument for incorporating the principles of policy debate into a curriculum dedicated to improving the critical thinking skills of students. 

While there are other approaches that have incorporated argumentation into the curriculum, those efforts can be further improved by teaching the principles of debate to students.  Students who are exposed to debate, learn to identify components of a rational argument, methods of assessing evidence credibility, the importance of identifying both sides of a contested issue, and the capacity to listen critically to claims made on both sides of an issue.

10/25/2009 3:12 PM by

The short answer to this question is: absolutely! There are many, many things that people can get from debating, especially at the novice level. I focus on two benefits of debate that should convince anyone that if they haven’t tried debate, they should.