Bring on the arguments! For middle school students competing in the Garden State Debate League, arguments are learning opportunities in this episode of NJEA’s Classroom Close-up! The program is designed to teach students public speaking, critical thinking, listening and debating skills. Many students share that they want a forum on which to share their public policy issue opinions. The Garden State Debate program resolves that issue. On debate day, students are assigned either proposition or opposition sides to topics. After preparing arguments and debating their sides, judges declare winners and give constructive criticism.