Boys and Girls High School Debate Team Wins Tri-State Championship
It is no longer a secret, the Boys and Girls High School Debate Team is the top debate team in the tri-state area. This was proven in their last debate on March 2, 2014 against Christ the King Preparatory High School where they convincingly defeated them at Seton Hall University by a score of 93-89.
Twice this year the Boys and Girls High School Debate Team has defeated Benjamin Banneker High School, a top ranked high school Brooklyn. The debate team also once tied with the top ranked Christ the King High School. Coached by Thomas Paisley, a teacher at the school, the team has been extremely well prepared for every aspect of the Debate process, whether arguing the affirmative or the negative. They have been taught to be very intentional and strategic in their approach to the topics being debated.
The topic of the first debate earlier this year against Christ the King was “Tough Love vs Empathy.” It contrasted the views of Dr. Bill Cosby and author Michael Eric Dyson. Dr. Cosby has always been an advocate of tough love while Mr. Dyson is a proponent of empathy in raising kids as outlined in his book “Is Cosby Right? Or Has the Black Middle Class Lost its Mind?” Dyson stresses empathy and feels that we must excuse certain behaviors due to the social and economic conditions that the black family is confronted with. Cosby in his book “Fatherhood” advocates being fair and firm in the raising of children. He does not advocate corporal punishment, but that fathers should spend more time in the household. The Boys and Girls High School Debate Team agreed with Dr. Cosby in that we cannot use excuses for our condition. We must assume responsibility for raising our children as we have throughout history where the social and economic conditions have always been difficult. In that first debate, Boys and Girls High School battled Christ the King for a tied score.
The topic of the March 2nd debate was “Civil Disobedience or Majority Rules.” Boys and Girls High School argued the affirmative in support of Civil Disobedience while Christ the King argued the negative in support of Majority Rule. The Boys and Girls position stated that when tyranny, oppressive, and cruel laws exist the government needs to take action. When there is no response from the government, a mechanism needs to be forged, and that mechanism is civil disobedience. Christ the King was unable to establish or defend the negative position.
The debates are sponsored by Solomon’s Adventures founded by Mr. Michael White. After winning the Tri-State Championship Boys and Girls High School will compete in a suburban high school debate series titled, “Urban meets Suburban.”
It is important to remember that Christ the King is a private school where students pay thousands of dollars to attend. Boys and Girls High School, however, is a public zoned high school that accepts all students regardless of their previous academic standing. Our Debate team is just one example that we are on the right path in turning this legendary school around. They also exemplify the school vision which states “We believe that students achieve success and embrace learning when they feel safe and are supported by competent and caring adults.”
We in this community should all be proud of the Boys and Girls High School Debate Team and understand that “the High” is committed to being “The Pride and Joy of Bedstuy” and is continuing the great legacy of scholarship. We ask that the community support the effort to transform this historic school by spreading the good news about Boys and Girls High School.