Home School Speeches
I'm soon to help judge a home school speech tournament. No, I was not picked because of my background as a writer, or as a speech writer specifically. That's a coincidence. Instead, the NCFCA prefers to find lay people who live in the area.
I helped judge one of these a few months ago, and was astounded at the quality of forensics and oratory. Sure, some kinds have absolutely no business in front of a microphone, but there were several who blew me away with skill and intellect.
Next week, I will hear speeches from the next step up. These kids qualified to be there by winning before.
Home schools are often debated against by close minded, intolerant crowds frenzied by how an exodus of students might impact public schools. Supporting quality education should be their goal, not an idealogy or system.
While an argument that any kid should be home schooled is built on foolishness, equally foolish is the belief that a public school always has the student's best interests in mind. This tournament's participants are an example of what home schools can do. In 25 years, these kids will be leading companies, making a difference.
NCFCA National Qualifying Speech and Debate Tournament
The National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) believes that formal speech and debate can provide a means for home schooled students to learn and exercise analytical and oratorical skills, addressing life issues from a Biblical world view in a manner that glorifies God. To provide these opportunities to home schooled students, NCFCA shall facilitate qualifying tournaments throughout the country and the annual national tournament.