Debating In A School Club



Oh no! It seems that two of your members are having a spat. Worse of all, it is about how the club is being run. Now, before you take anything to heart, most likely you are the one who started it. Let us try to think. You do not want either of the members to leave. You also want them both to speak their mind. You could deal with this personally. But most likely, this will lead to one person thinking that you are favoring the other. Well, it sounds like you are smart enough to realize that you need a debate. But, how do you do this in a non-debate club?

Create A System

Well, let’s debunk something I just said. There is no such thing as a non-debate club. Debating can happen in many spheres of life. It is always useful for any student in their educational life.

Another myth to debunk is that there is a specific way for you to do a debate. There are only three universal rules for debating. Rule One, all discussions must be well researched with credible sources. Rule Two, Party A must be allowed to express his argument (preferably uninterrupted), and Rule 3, Rule 2 also applies to Party B. Other than these three truths, you can change any aspect of the debates that you want such as the time that each speaker can speak, presentation, etc. As long as you are following these three rules, (along with another that we will discuss later), then you have a debate on your hands.

Other Systems



Disputes come in many different styles and flavors. But perhaps, you need a little inspiration to help kickstart your imagination.

One way is to set a five-minute timer and to allow three interruptions. You can adjust the number of rounds/sessions that you think your debate needs. But as far as the presentation, you are going to need a pedestal and something that can be used to signal an interruption.

Another way and more traditional is to allow one person to speak without any interruptions at all and to let him state his case fully with all of his evidence. After that, allow the other party to do the same once he is finished. This presentation benefits the most by having the person make a power point. It is important that if Party B does a counter-argument, then you need to allow Party A to do the same. However, this back and forth should only happen once before the debate ends.

The way that my school uses ten minutes is to present your side of the argument for both sides before having another ten minutes to counter-argue with what was presented. There was a question and answer portion where the crowd gets to pretty much pick on both parties.

This is just a few of the many examples that I could list. All it takes is a little imagination. Just know that there are only three rules that you must follow along with one other thing.


Keeping It All Fun

While the three rules are critical, it is dire that you keep everything fun. The last thing that you need in your club is discontent. The moment that this debate is not fun, then you can pretty much guarantee that one of your members is going to leave. As a leader, just let the crowd decide. Try to remain impartial to either party. After you had all the fun and games, it is time for you to talk to each member. Hopefully, whatever this debate was all about, it gave you enough time to think of a compromise to solve this problem. If you can keep both colleagues in the club, then you succeed.