The ability to express thought in speech is a fundamental characteristic of our humanity and the educated mind. All students in the logic stage of learning receive forensics instruction to develop skills in public speaking, debate and dramatic presentation.
1) Students are trained in the art of spoken expression, developing a foundation of method, confidence and experience in communicating and persuading publicly. Training in public speaking allows students to develop the skills of organizing thought, and communicating meaning with style. Students are able to test and improve their skills through participation in regional forensic competitions. Students are also trained in thoughtful argumentation through lessons on logic—the right ordering of sound judgement.
2) Forensics includes experience in organized debate. Through debate students develop skills in research, organization of ideas and argumentation. Debate allows students to apply these skills in deepening their understanding and ownership of the issues of faith and reason that impact social life in our day.
3) Drama training allows students to develop the art of dramatic performance which leads students to an engagement in story, character and the technical skills of presentation. Plays should give students the opportunity to experience the drama of our human story, its heroism, virtue and emotion.