Chris is running a debate tournament in Colorado Springs next week, and the debaters are teenagers. Chris writes about the “big deal” of the event:
“Our culture is muddled with an opinion of young people that is depressing. Teenagers are baggy, disrespectful, foulmouthed, slothful, ugly. The teenage culture is a sad, uninspiring culture.
Watch a debate competition, and that stereotype turns quickly. They’re a sight to see. Young people decked out in suits, prepared with case briefs at-the-ready, confidently speaking at the podium and challenging the ideas put in front of them.
One of the most common comments I receive working these tournaments – especially from judges or parents who have a negative view of young people – goes something like this:
“I’m so impressed. If these kids are going to be the leaders of tomorrow, I no longer have anything to worry about.”
Folks, this is a big deal. You’re involvement in these young people’s lives are training them up for great things.“
While I can’t be in Colorado Springs next week to see this first hand, I know it to be true. I run a public speaking group for teenagers and interested adults in Darfield, and have heard the same comment about those that attend. Our group took part in an inter-club competition last night, and one of our teenagers took second place in a competition against adults. One of the judges essentially said to her as she was leaving – “I wish my 15 year old could do what you did.“
So – to Chris and his team for next week – go great!