Why Speech and Debate
Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
Speech and debate teaches students to develop, communicate, and defend their ideas under pressure. Students will practice their critical thinking and rhetorical ability in a competitive environment focused on real-world issues. They learn to articulate ideas in a public setting with respect, confidence, and poise. They also learn to hear, understand, and refute positions expressed by others, without attacking the individual. Speech and debate challenges students to improve their research and critical thinking skills, ultimately equipping them to meet real-world challenges to their values and worldview.
If the root is right, the rest will follow.
“Radix” means “root” in Latin. Radix is a Christ-centered speech and debate club for home educated students. We strive to help participants improve speech and debate skills rooted in godliness, wisdom, and grace. Although public speaking is intimidating at first, Radix creates a supportive, safe, and fun atmosphere for students to succeed by trying new things and learning from their mistakes. Novice students meet at the same time as returning students to give new participants an opportunity to interact with and learn from more experienced members. Radix is affiliated with the CCofSE regional and Stoa national speech and debate leagues, providing many opportunities for competition and fellowship.
Upcoming in 2018-19
- Debate camp: August 23-24
- First day of class: September 7
- Richmond Educational Tournament: December 8
- Richmond Colonial Classic Tournament: February 22-23
- Additional speech and debate tournaments: TBA
Radix club meetings take place at Winfree Memorial Baptist Church, 13617 Midlothian Turnpike, Midlothian, VA 23113. During the speech and debate season, we meet most every other Friday afternoon during the school year.