Another year of summer debate has come, and we were so pleased to welcome 70 students from the Debate Institutes at Dartmouth to the Notch on Monday, July 6. On this day the students were led on a tour of the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site by Education Director Diane Kemble, Program Associate Rushad Thomas, and committed volunteer docent Nick Tassone. Following their tour, the students witnessed a mock debate between Coolidge Foundation chairman Amity Shlaes and Mexico Business Forum president Roberto Salinas-Leon. Amity took side in favor of tax hikes, while Roberto countered her. Following this lively debate, the students had the opportunity to query Amity and Roberto, as well as prepare for their afternoon debates.
The World Schools Debate Camp at the Coolidge Foundation went off very well. We had 30 high school debaters from all over the country at the Notch learning about Coolidge, economics, presidential history, and debate. The students came to the Notch to train for the USA Debate Team, but ultimately they received so much more. They all made major gains in their debate skill, thanks to the coaching of our experts, including Dr. Ben Voth of Southern Methodist University, former USA Debate Team members Tiana Menon and Amelia Miller, The King’s College debate coach Josiah Peterson, and Chaminade High School debate coach Bro. John McGrory.
The story of Greece could have been written by Aeschylus. Consider that when the American Founders designed our new government, they used the Ancient Greek democracies as a template, and the philosophers at Plato’s academy changed human thought forever. Greece’s decline from its lofty perch as the pinnacle and birthplace of Western ideals and enlightened rule its new role as the sick man of Europe can appropriately be called ironic, a tragedy more suited for the Odeon than the silver screen.