5-18-11: Don’t Argue with a Baltimorean
Broadcast journalist Oprah Winfrey, South African President Nelson Mandela, and speech writer Ted Sorenson. All went on to different accomplishments, but have this in common: when they were students, each of them practiced debate.
Debating has been honed as a skill for millennia, and Baltimore is one of the few places where elementary and middle-school age students can participate as well.
This past weekend the Baltimore Urban Debate League held its middle school championship, in which the students took on an issue that affects them directly: cash incentives in schools.
Sheilah speaks with the winners of that debate, Katie Spriggs and Daboreah Ross of Hampstead Hill Academy. She also talks with the coordinator of the Elementary and Middle School programs for the Baltimore Urban Debate League, Jarrell Anderson.