Debate should be a required subject in High School
70, in Schall on Chesterton - Timely Essays on Timeless Paradoxes (The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 2000). First, it can be offered as an extra-curricular ACTIVITY, "debate club," without any academic credits attached to the activity (as it was in the private Jesuit Catholic high school that I attended). (Dewey's thought still reigns supreme)
In contrast, I subscribe to the traditional CATHOLIC philosophy of education: The focus (and primary RESPONSIBILITY) is on the student (guided by his parents, parent, or guardian).