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Speech & Debate

The National Christian Forensics and Communication Association is offers a wonderful opportunity to homeschool students who have an interest in Speech & Debate.  The skills that students can learn through  their involvement with Speech & Debate can help them now and into adulthood.  

Learn more, including the history of NCFCA in SC and local SC clubs below.

Homeschool speech and debate was birthed in 1995 when Christy Shipe and her father, Michael P. Farris, head of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and chancellor of Patrick Henry College, formed the HSLDA Debate League. In 2001, after much growth, the league separated from HSLDA and was renamed National Christian Forensics and Communication Association (NCFCA) league which now has over 2000 affiliate families located in more than 45 states. 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.

Students who participate in homeschool speech and debate become more confident in speaking, researching, writing, listening, organizing, critical thinking, and note taking. They acquire knowledge in many subject areas such as government, economics, history, logic, current events, literature, and apologetics. Furthermore, they learn to listen carefully to both sides of an issue, spotting logical fallacies and flawed conclusions. Stated one parent, "Speech and Debate has impacted so many courses in my daughter’s curriculum. This is where all of her learning comes together."

  • Mark Seymour is the NCFCA South Carolina state representative.

  • To learn more about the state homeschool speech and debate league, visit the website at www.scdebate.org.

  • To learn more about the national homeschool speech and debate league, visit the website at www.ncfca.org.

Local Clubs

Location Club Name Contact
Camden SWAP Mark Seymour
Columbia Arx Axiom Debate Society Nancy Campbell
Easley Upstate Area Speech and Debate Deb Edson
Seneca Always Ready Debate Club Beth Arnold