The Educator's Notebook

A weekly collection of education-related news from around the web.

Competitive Debate Drives Improvement For Students

“Encouragingly, the largest gains were notched among the students who were lowest performing prior to joining debate, suggesting the activity does not simply benefit those who are already excelling academically. More broadly, the study also found positive impacts of debate participation on graduation and college enrollment. The study did not find significant effects of debate […]


Every week I send out articles I encounter from around the web. Subject matter ranges from hard knowledge about teaching to research about creativity and cognitive science to stories from other industries that, by analogy, inform what we do as educators. This breadth helps us see our work in new ways.

Readers include teachers, school leaders, university overseers, conference organizers, think tank workers, startup founders, nonprofit leaders, and people who are simply interested in what’s happening in education. They say it helps them keep tabs on what matters most in the conversation surrounding schools, teaching, learning, and more.

Peter Nilsson


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