No debate, we chose a winner.

Last month, we announced the Boston Debate League as the winner of our Design for Good contest, and since then we’ve learned a lot about debate and how it impacts Boston public schools.

We attended the BDL’s annual Taking Sides for Success gala and had the opportunity to chat with some of the student debaters. We tend to be a cynical bunch – approaching fundraisers with the eagerness of going to the dentist. But the Boston Debate League is the real deal, and we were won over immediately. We were not only impressed by their poise and breadth of knowledge – but also the sense of camaraderie between all of the members.

They filled us in on how an actual debate works – much as we thought. But what we were not prepared for was the amount of time these kids put into preparation. The experience was inspiring!

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