The iGifted School Debate Club is organizing to begin fall sessions in Learning to Debate. Organizations that wish to have exclusive use of classrooms, with our teachers and coaches should email jim@iGiftedSchool.org . Individuals who would like to register or request more information should use the request for information box below.
Our Beta Test conducted this past Spring received rave reviews from both parents and students. We were particularly gratified to receive very positive comments from Homeschoolers. Here are some comments received from parents:
What are your perceptions of the Debate Club learning process?
"Challenging in a positive way. He’s cross-utilizing what he’s learning in other activities. Very high indicators, and payoffs" - Parent #1
"Definitely learning every day using debate. Different level of learning than before, going beyond own opinions in discussions, using facts and research. Challenging others on their opinions; how do you justify that? The topics are relevant, Talks with friends about the debate topics" - Parent #2:
Is the time being spent by the students perceived as enjoyable or just another task?
Parent #1. "Properly challenged, and in a different way than his other courses"
Parent #2 Time being spent is fun. Looks forward to it. "Class is at seven, I’ve got to go now."
What is your perception of your child's challenge in working with other smart students whom they do not know.
Parent #5. "Positive impression with the engagement with others"
Parent #7. "Isn’t phased at all in dealing with other students (now). There is real value in gifted students challenging each other".
We also want to speak about online safety.
There is a piece of debate that is about public speaking, and competing behind avatars somewhat defeats that, however it does allow us to dramatically limit sharing of personal information.
Parent #1. "Impressed with the online safety. Kudos"
Parent #2. "Working with the avatars very positive. Allows learning to be the real focus. Participation by pure thought. Is not getting caught up in the social things; how does my hair look? What should I be wearing?"