February 14, 2019 - Issue: Vol. 165, No. 29 — Daily Edition116th Congress (2019 - 2020) - 1st Session
SENATE RESOLUTION 76--DESIGNATING MARCH 1, 2019, AS ``NATIONAL SPEECH AND DEBATE EDUCATION DAY''; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 29
(Senate - February 14, 2019)
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[Pages S1390-S1391] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] SENATE RESOLUTION 76--DESIGNATING MARCH 1, 2019, AS ``NATIONAL SPEECH AND DEBATE EDUCATION DAY'' Mr. GRASSLEY (for himself, Mr. Coons, Ms. Warren, Ms. Klobuchar, Mr. Durbin, and Ms. Ernst) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to: S. Res. 76 Whereas it is essential for youth to learn and practice the art of communicating with and without technology; Whereas speech and debate education offers students myriad forms of public speaking through which students may develop talent and exercise unique voice and character; Whereas speech and debate education gives students the 21st-century skills of communication, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration; Whereas critical analysis and effective communication allow important ideas, texts, and philosophies the opportunity to flourish; Whereas personal, professional, and civic interactions are enhanced by the ability of [[Page S1391]] the participants in those interactions to listen, concur, question, and dissent with reason and compassion; Whereas students who participate in speech and debate have chosen a challenging activity that requires regular practice, dedication, and hard work; Whereas teachers and coaches of speech and debate devote in-school, afterschool, and weekend hours to equip students with life-changing skills and opportunities; Whereas National Speech and Debate Education Day emphasizes the lifelong impact of providing people of the United States with the confidence and preparation to both discern and share views; Whereas National Speech and Debate Education Day acknowledges that most achievements, celebrations, commemorations, and pivotal moments in modern history begin, end, or are crystallized with public address; Whereas National Speech and Debate Education Day recognizes that learning to research, construct, and present an argument is integral to personal advocacy, social movements, and the making of public policy; Whereas the National Speech & Debate Association, in conjunction with national and local partners, honors and celebrates the importance of speech and debate through National Speech and Debate Education Day; and Whereas National Speech and Debate Education Day emphasizes the importance of speech and debate education and the integration of speech and debate education across grade levels and disciplines: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate-- (1) designates March 1, 2019, as ``National Speech and Debate Education Day''; (2) strongly affirms the purposes of National Speech and Debate Education Day; and (3) encourages educational institutions, businesses, community and civic associations, and all people of the United States to celebrate and promote National Speech and Debate Education Day. ____________________