There are a lot of other skills involved in debating - formulating logical, rational points; public speaking; listening to others' points; respectfully disagreeing with another person's point.
So far this year, we have been learning the basics of debating, and practicing those outside of a normal debate setting. We have come up with arguments for and against the following motions:
Children should have to do homework every day.
Children should be allowed to drive cars.
Primary School should be taught in the woods.
Every home should have a pet.
I am very proud of how our very first real debate went and look forward to building on this as the year goes on.