Through competition in Speech & Debate and other venues, Areté Speech and Debate club will help students cultivate their thinking skills. Our passion is for students to walk away from this activity knowing what they believe and why. Therefore the emphasis of our training is to teach students to examine the underlying premise of their position, learn to locate the values, mindset and assumptions behind positions expressed by others and articulate their position clearly & persuasively. We believe that students who have the thinking skills to analytically process the ideas they are confronted with in our culture, are better equipped to ultimately stand strong in their Christian faith when they leave their parents’ home.
What does “Areté” mean?
The name of our club comes from the ancient Greek word areté. It is pronounced “r-uh-tay”, with the emphasis on the last syllable.
The most articulated value in Greek culture is areté. Roughly translated into english as “virtue,” “goodness,” or “excellence.” The writings of ancient Greek philosophers like Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle introduced us to the word, and the Greek writer Homer further popularized it. In the Homeric poems, areté is frequently associated with bravery, but more often, with effectiveness. The areté of a man is excellence or effectiveness morally, intellectually, spiritually, and physically.Peter 1:5-7
Areté Speech and Debate is committed to training and equipping students to develop areté in all aspects of their lives and to communicate biblical truth boldly and persuasively.