Register to Judge Debate

March 13, 2017

Volunteering as a judge is a very meaningful way to get involved in our debate program. Judges play a critical role in helping to teach our students. Even if you have never judged before, you are very welcome in our program. We have a judge trainer who will give you all the tools you need, and indeed we find novice judges are often the best.

July 1 – On this day we’ll host a large debate tournament, featuring more than 100 students who will come to Plymouth Notch from the Debate Institutes of Dartmouth. This is the Coolidge Foundation’s fifth year of partnering with the Debate Institutes of Dartmouth.

July 3 – This day will feature the preliminary rounds of our national debate tournament, “The Coolidge Cup.” You will judge debaters who have qualified for The Cup by placing at a Coolidge Foundation-sponsored regional tournament. Winners will take home up to $10,000 in scholarship money.

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Register to Judge Debate

Volunteering as a judge is a very meaningful way to get involved in our debate program. Judges play a critical role in helping to teach our students. Even if you have never judged before, you are very welcome in our program. We have a judge trainer who will give you all the tools you need, and indeed we find novice judges are often the best.

How One Coolidge Speech Inspired a New School

Justin Rule is an American educator, and like countless other educators, he works diligently every day to develop the minds of our nation’s young people. Yet in a recent interview with News from the Notch, Mr. Rule explained he hasn’t just worked in ordinary public or private school settings. He has worked with difficult cases, teen students struggling with serious disciplinary and/or criminal issues. His valiant efforts with these challenging young people frequently got his students to graduation day, but that often did not mean those students were set on a trajectory of future success. Mr. Rule expressed regret, saying he has attended far too many funerals of former students trapped in a cycle of poverty, violence, drugs, or alcohol.

Coolidge Cup Online Debate Tournament

Students interested in competing in the online tournament should record a five-minute video of either an opening affirmative or negative statement for the resolution: “A significant tariff on imported goods from Mexico is a good policy for the U.S. economy.” Students should upload their video to YouTube, then fill out the online submission form on this page.

Black History Month with President Coolidge

On September 24, 2016, America’s first African American president, Barack Obama, presided over the ceremony to inaugurate the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. This living monument to America’s black heritage was many decades in the making, and in some respects the effort can be traced back to President Calvin Coolidge. On his final day in office, March 4, 1929, President Coolidge signed Public Resolution 107 which initiated a commission to design and construct a national monument to the Negro that would stand as a “tribute to the Negro’s contributions to the achievements of America.”