No arguments about debate’s value

ByFERN REISS
May 4, 2017 13:15

For native Israelis, debating is pretty much a national pastime. Can olim who immigrate later in life ever hope to catch up? Enter Israel’s English-language high-school debating team.

English-language debating playoffs

(Right to left) Yonatan Schwartz, Ariella Schwartz, Ashira Abramowitz and Ariel Reiss. (photo credit:DANIEL HARRIS)

Education Minister Naftali Bennett stated recently in The Wall Street Journal that one of the secrets of how tiny Israel became a global hightech center with 93 companies on NASDAQ is its heritage of debate, harking back to talmudic times.

For native Israelis, debating is pretty much a national pastime. Can olim who immigrate later in life ever hope to catch up? Enter Israel’s English-language high-school debating team.

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