The Carroll ISD Debate Booster Club is a non-profit parent organization dedicated to supporting the Carroll ISD Debate program.

Debate encompasses a wide range of speaking opportunities, including policy, congressional, public forum and Lincoln-Douglas debate, extemporaneous speaking, humorous and dramatic interpretation, and original oratory.

CISD debate teams compete at the local, state, and national levels against public and private schools.

Why debate?

Participating  in debate helps students succeed in life. It builds critical thinking, creative analysis, logic, leadership and presentation skills — all of which are valuable in any career field. Students learn to think for themselves.

From Robert Sher at Forbes.com:

“Many business leaders are frustrated in their attempts to find Millennials…who seem to have the potential to lead the company in the years ahead. I’ve got a suggestion: search for those who competed in speech and debate competition in high school (or college) and hire them…They all come dressed like business executives and they have a deep understanding of how to persuade, how to present clearly and how to connect with an audience. It’s impressive.”

And, according to the Wall Street Journal, because of grade inflation and test prep progams that distort the reliability of standardized test scores, college admissions directors are relying less on grade point averages and SAT scores and are relying more on success in academic extracurricular activities such as speech and debate.