This elective workshop develops skills in oral interpretation, original oratory and impromptu and extemporaneous expression. Lincoln/Douglas style debate and "Ted Turner" Controversy (modeled after the CNN program "Crossfire") are also studied. The Family Foundation School began a formal program in speech and debate in 2002, enabling students to compete against other schools in several styles of debate, as well as impromptu speaking and oral interpretation.
The success of the team has been phenomenal. In our first year of competition we won two meets, were second in two others, and qualified for the districts. By the spring of 2006, we had two students competing at the national level in Dallas, Texas. The Family Foundation School is a proud Affiliate Chapter of the National Forensics League (NFL).
Students in the Current Events course review local, national, and world news each week. They discuss timely issues, debate thought-provoking questions, and gather additional information on a variety of topics.