Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Plano Senior High Debaters Advance in International Contest

From the Dallas Morning News, Education Notes, Sunday December 28, 2008:

"The Plano Senior High debate team has advanced to the "Sweet 16" round of the Bickel & Brewer/New York University National Public Policy Forum, an international contest that makes them eligible to win the $10,000 grand prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City for the final. More than 100 schools from 14 foreign countries and 32 states entered the 2008-2009 NPPF competition."

It is fabulous to see Plano students debating public policy at the international level. The article says the contest is sponsored by Bickel & Brewer, a law firm with offices in both Dallas and New York City. Here's another link describing the contest.

Even more important than the success of the debate team is their participation in public policy debates. The people of DFW, the people of Texas, need to start thinking globally and not let New York City think tanks like the Council on Foreign Relations control America's interaction with the world.

If we believe in the principles of free market competition, then we should apply the principles of competition to foreign policy and public policy. I believe we should start a Texas Diplomacy Project. The people of Texas, the people of DFW, and the people of Plano need to engage in foreign policy and public policy at the national and international levels. We should not continue to cede the steering of our nation to the New York City establishment.

So when our Senior High students debate public policy at the international level, it's not just another debate competition, it's a step towards moving Texas onto the world stage.

Robert Canright

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