Our Flagship Session is a 2-week program designed for Lumos Alumni that are looking for an extra challenge. Flagship offers a more intensive focus on researching, writing, and debating. Students are required to be at least a rising eighth-grader, and must have previously attended a 2-week Lumos summer debate program, or have other debate experience. Our Accel Session is a 1-week program designed for highly motivated Lumos Alumni who are looking to polish their debate skills over this short 1-week period. Accel consists of three days of preparation and two days of debating in the tournament. The Accel Session is our most intensive debate offering.
13 - 15 Years Old
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
1 or 2 weeks
1-week Session = $725 and 2-week Session = $1275
1-week Session = $875 and 2-week Session = $1700
For 1-week Session, use discount code EARLYBIRDONE to get a $150 discount for a special price of $725. For 2-week Session, use discount code EARLYBIRDTWO to get a $425 discount for a special price of $1275 - both available until December 31, 2019.
New for 2020! Sibling discount is now 5% of paid tuition per child for each week both children are attending and will be issued as a refund once registration is complete.
Each session will center on one of the following topic areas. Please note, younger students will have lots of personal coaching and will focus on simplified versions of these topic areas, so that they can feel comfortable learning about debate at their level.
Topic #1: The United States Should Provide a Universal Basic Income for its Citizens. As technological automation advances, many political thinkers are worried about the millions of Americans that will be out of work. Students will discuss whether the federal government should provide a Universal Basic Income, an annual cash payment given to every citizen. Students will be asked to think about a range of important economic and cultural issues like: poverty, economic inequality, the welfare system, technological automation, artificial intelligence, inflation, and ethics. Students are not expected to already have familiarity with these issues before coming to the session but will be encouraged to learn about and discuss these issues with our instructors and with each other.
Topic #2: On Balance, the Benefits of Social Media Outweigh the Harms. In this topic, students will be encouraged to use their own experience but also explore broader issues in culture. Students will be encouraged to consider issues such as: political polarization, mental health and happiness, foreign election interference, grassroots political fundraising campaigns (e.g. AOC or Bernie Sanders), #metoo, #blacklivesmatter, the Arab Spring, and the Hong Kong protests. No debate pair or class will cover all or even most of these issues, but we encourage students to pick one or two issues they care about and explore the impact of social media to build a strong debate case.
Students who have mastered the basics learn to formulate more advanced arguments and high-level strategy. They prepare for rounds high school and college debate style, through repetition and drills. More intensive research and calculated language, they are able to reach and persuade judges of all backgrounds and beliefs.
Students learn to be polite yet assertive in cross-examination. These speeches affects speaker points more than any other and it is essential to stay calm and poised in no matter what the opponent does.
The most challenging skill for rising debaters is learning to see the big picture, and understand the overall narrative of the round: what is the judge focused on right now?
Students practice the challenging summary and final focus speech, learning to make tactical decisions and prioritize arguments. Students also practice polishing their delivery, poise, and cross-examinations in a debate round, in order to maximize their speaker points, which are crucial to tournament seeding and break-rounds.
Some judges prefer highly technical, fast argumentation; others are listening for compelling rhetoric, eye contact, and body language. Great debaters adapt to their judge.
Lumos instructors have won dozens of state-level and national-level awards. Your child will get preparation tips and tricks that have been proven to work at the highest levels of competition.