Christan Jones is NSDA's Oklahoma Educator of the Year
The National Speech and Debate Association recognizes the Union High School forensics director for his passion and dedication.
Name: Christian Jones
Known for: Being the National Speech and Debate Association’s Oklahoma Educator of the Year.
On his job as Union High’s director of forensics, which includes competitive speech and debate:
I consider the debate team an extension of my family. When I say “my kids,” I frequently have to specify if I mean my biological kids or my debate kids. The community this generates functions as a needed support mechanism for many students, and it’s also a great source of joy for me.
On disagreeing in the age of social media:
Debaters must learn restraint in the practice of the argumentative skills they develop. It does no good to win an argument if you must belittle someone in the process. An effective debater can make their point in a respectful manner. Comment sections online are often filled with vitriol and name-calling. One important thing successful debaters are able to do is have a discussion about controversial topics without getting rattled or making someone else upset.
On debate and Gen Z:
We now live in a time of information overload. This makes the ability to comprehend, analyze and categorize information quickly extremely helpful. Scholastic debate provides a competitive platform to hone this skill.