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Middle School Debate

Realizing the benefits debate could provide to under-served populations, the Barkley Forum expanded its outreach to middle and junior high schools in the mid-1990s. From a handful of students in an experimental summer program, middle school debate tournaments are now held for hundreds of students twice a month from September through March. The middle school program has been such a success that school administrators now institutionally support the programs, and other cities have replicated them.

Middle School Tournament