Debate and Controversial Issues Creed
As a member of Mr. Williams’ Debate Class, I agree to the following:
1. I will take the side of a position that I don’t agree with for the sake of argument
2. I will research my position thoroughly.
3. I will be intellectually honest.
4. I will fight to win with passion, but fairly.
5. I will win or lose with dignity.
6. I will not engage in personal attacks.
7. I will question my opponent with intensity and respect.
8. I will learn from both my victories and defeats.
9. I will celebrate and encourage others.
10. I will enjoy intellectual combat.
11. I will accept criticism with humility.
12. I will learn to replace fear and anxiety with courage.
13. I will remember that every issue has two sides.
14. I will learn to appreciate that the loudest voice doesn’t always prevail.
15. I will remember that Debate is a full run dress rehearsal for life.