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National Speech and Debate Education Day – March 3, 2023

National Speech and Debate Education Day is celebrated annually on the first Friday of March and this year will be marked on March 3. The purpose of the day is to prepare students to be better at public speaking and debates. Did you know that debates can help students develop skills in research, critical thinking, organization, communication, and persuasion? Yes, speech and debate are essential academic exercises that should be provided for all students across the world. Having a day specifically dedicated to equipping students with these skills is a sure way to prepare them for their future lives.

History of National Speech and Debate Education Day

National Speech and Debate Education Day is all about teaching students the research, speaking, and problem-solving skills they need to succeed in their careers. Public speaking and debates greatly support intellectual growth while shaping children’s personalities, by polishing both their interpersonal and intrapersonal skills. This day not only encourages children to grow and develop themselves to learn speech and debate skills; it also encourages students and the community to show the speech coaches and teachers support for their dedication, hard work, and perseverance.

National Speech and Debate Education Day was created by the National Speech and Debate Association (N.S.D.A.) to foster and celebrate the positive impact of speech and debate activities on communities, students, and schools. The association is the U.S.’s largest interscholastic organization, servicing middle school, high school, and college students.

According to the creators of this day, teaching students the art of public speaking and debate can lead to higher test scores and a rise in college acceptance. It also prepares students for college, the workforce, and the next stage of their lives. It is not just a serious and important activity; it can be a fun activity for students too. Practicing this will lead to lucrative careers in various fields, including academia, politics, journalism, and law. So, whether on National Speech and Debate Education Day or any day, let’s take up this mission to create future leaders through proper training and education.

National Speech and Debate Education Day timeline

2016
The Go-ahead is Given

The U.S. Senate passes the first resolution declaring March 15 as National Speech and Debate Education Day.

2017
The Date is Change

The Senate passes another resolution declaring the day to be March 3.

2018
The Record Celebration

More than 1.5 million speech and debate alumni celebrate National Speech and Debate Education Day.

2010s
The Concept Becomes Mainstream

Educational institutions across the U.S. start giving importance to debate education.

National Speech and Debate Education Day FAQs

How many schools are there in N.S.D.A.?

The N.S.D.A. has more than 3,500 member schools for which it provides infrastructure for speech and debate competitions.

Why is debate important?

Debate participation promotes problem-solving and innovative thinking skills. It also helps students to foster healthy relationships.

Is speech and debate good for college?

Speech and debate skills can help with several aspects of transitioning to college, including getting admission to one.

How to Observe National Speech and Debate Education Day

  1. Organize a Debate

    The best way to celebrate National Speech and Debate Education Day is by organizing a friendly debate in your family or your neighborhood. Or, if you wish to go a little further, set up a debate club.

  2. Teach someone how to debate

    What’s better than debating on the National Speech and Debate Education Day? Teaching your dear ones how to debate. It could be your son/daughter, mom/dad, lover, or neighbor.

  3. Share your favorite debate story

    If you’re a master debater or a good public speaker, share some of the interesting things that happened during such events. Be sure to inspire your audience to develop the skill.

5 Intriguing Facts About Public Speaking

  1. Being bad at this skill is costly

    A fear of public speaking can impact your career and can even cut your wages by 10%.

  2. Delivery is more important than content

    In a public speech, your delivery matters more than your content.

  3. Talking less is very important

    Taking less has proven to be more effective in engaging your audience.

  4. Facts and figures are your friends

    Adding facts and figures to your presentation can increase audience retention.

  5. The truth about presidential debates

    Research shows that voters find the debates useful, but not determinative.

Why National Speech and Debate Education Day is Important

  1. It increases our skills set

    Debate and public speaking are not just about speaking. The exercise promotes research skills, raises our I.Q., sparks creativity, and increases problem-solving skills — ultimately making us better.

  2. It brings people together

    Although the ultimate goal of debate is to win over others, it is the whole experience of debate and public speaking that is significant. It can truly bring people together.

  3. It's an important skill to harness

    In an era, where children are addicted to smartphones and social media, National Speech and Debate Education helps promote the importance of public speaking and debates. It's a skill that, once perfected, will place you ahead of many others.

National Speech and Debate Education Day dates

YearDateDay
2022March 4Friday
2023March 3Friday
2024March 1Friday
2025March 7Friday
2026March 6Friday

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