Debate is something that needs to be done with careful moderation.
That's why the folks over at the Highschool Debate Club are requesting folks to volunteer as judges for the upcoming debate tournament.
Cindy Lowe, who coordinates both the Business Club and the Debate Club at the Swift Current Comprehensive Highschool, is encouraging people to come out and help cheer on the brilliant minds of tomorrow.
"In today's world kids have access to so much information," said Lowe. "We want them to form educated opinions, and we want them to be able to extend their opinion. We also want them to be able to think critically about why something is the way it is and see both sides and see how the other side thinks."
Judges will be required to work alongside one additional judge, overseeing a pair of student teams, and are not required to have any prior experience in debate. All they have to do is listen to the persuasions presented to them, and render judgment on who they feel made the better argument.
The event will require at least 30 judges, with 15 rooms operating at once.
The tournament will see teams from all across Saskatchewan turning up in town, poised to argue and articulate their way to victory. A total of 60 students will be participating.
This year's topics will be 'This House would forgive all debt held by developing nations' for grades 9-12, and 'This house would ban microloans' for grades 5-8.
"I would really love to see lots of community members come out," Lowe said. "To see what debate's all about. "
The event will take place on Saturday, February 11, running from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Food and refreshments will be provided once debates have concluded.
To apply, you can give the high school a call at 306-773-2801.