Tampa, FL When Class of 2023 CDS student, Carter C. was a sophomore, he was tasked with choosing a topic for his International Baccalaureate (IB) personal project. What started as a school project, quickly progressed into a passion project and eventually a published book.
Carter’s book, “IT’S ALL DEBATEable: An Unofficial Lincoln-Douglas Debate Guide” was inspired by his debate experiences and to encourage and grow the CDS debate team. An award-winning debater, Carter has been fortunate to have had success, but it is the perspective that he has gained from mistakes and pitfalls that has made for the most learning. His goal with this book was to create a road map on how to be successful in an easy-to-understand format for students to help them get started and understand debate. “I feel like the process and skills you learn with debate is something all students should learn,” says Carter. “Learning both the affirmative and negative of a topic for a debate correlates directly with trying to understand all sides of an argument in everyday life.”
Since publishing his book, Carter has used it at workshops he has run and for a reminder of tips and tricks he’s learned along the way.
Check out Carter’s book on Amazon.
Carrollwood Day School is a non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory independent day school accredited by Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS), Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO). CDS admits qualified students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin and is non-discriminatory in all policies and school-administered programs.
Carrollwood Day School serves students from 2-years-old through high school. CDS stands out as a leader in its mission to educate the whole child and is recognized nationally for its academic excellence and its innovative school-wide emphasis on character development. CDS prepares graduates to be the leaders they have the capacity to be. CDS is one of only three secondary schools in Florida to be both an IB and Cum Laude Society School. In 2020, CDS was recognized by the National Consortium for Entrepreneurial Education as an Entrepreneurial School. In September 2021 Carrollwood Day School opened the Center for Innovation, a new 2-story, 40,600 square foot expansion including a student union, entrepreneurial center, and numerous multi-use areas. In 2022, CDS became the 21st Round Square school in the United States and one of only 3 Round Square schools in Florida. Round Square is an international network of schools committed to promoting six shared IDEALS of global citizenship: International Understanding, Democracy, Environmental Awareness, Adventure, Leadership, and Service.