Grades 6 to 8

In this class, we’ll examine current events and big (and timely) social questions. We’ll debate the role of immunizations during a pandemic and examine the difference between cultural appropriation and appreciation. We’ll have a formal mock trial about a free speech issue, and we’ll develop our logic and perspective-taking skills.


All sessions will include 6-8 students per class and will also include parent updates, take-home activities, and individualized progress reports.

One Hour

Class Duration

6 to 8

Friends per Class


Schedule Options

Course Information

Learning Goals

The Debate It Forward Big 3 Skills focus on developing and improving our Listening, Thinking, and Speaking skills by building the following micro-skills into our curriculum. They include the following focal points: LISTENING: Active Listening, Perspective Taking, Empathy, and Cooperation & Compromise. THINKING: Research & Evidence, Logical Reasoning, Problem-Solving, Argument Generation, and Ethics SPEAKING: Confidence, Extemporaneous Speaking, and Public Speaking

Course Details

Our Biggles Program is for our middle schoolers (6th-8th graders) and is capped at 8 students. This quarter, we’ll focus on: core skills like logic and perspective-taking, formal debate units about big topics like cultural appropriation vs appreciation, and forensic units where they’ll participate in a complex first amendment case that’s now being brought to the DiF Supreme Court! Concepts are taught Socratically and reinforced through interactive (and hilarious!) games and activities. Students learn, hang out with new friends, and have a blast.

Example Activity

The Weirdest Job Interview puts students’ persuasion and extemporaneous speaking skills to the test. The students are all applicants for a range of bizarre job opportunities—professional water boiler, dog treat taster, to name a few. The teacher will ask a series of questions to test their fitness for these esteemed positions and the students will need to respond convincingly, off the top of their head as if they are the BEST applicant for the job!

Once or Twice per week


If Pricing is a Concern...

Here are two ways to meet you where you are!

The DiF-Ferral Program

You tell a friend about DIF, and let them know you’ll both get a discount if they sign up. When they insert your name on our registration form, we’ll issue you both a discount. And the more people that reference you, the more you save:

  • Refer 1-3 Friends - You'll get a 50% discount and your referrals will each receive a 20% discount.

  • Refer 4+ Friends - You'll get a 100% (full) discount and your referrals will each receive a 20% discount.

Flexible Pricing

When you sign up for a class and begin the payment process, we’ll ask if you’re in need of financial support. We’ll ask a few simple questions, request a supporting document, and then invite you to select what you’re able to pay with no further questions asked.

Schedule Options


From April 12 to June 18

Price: $400

5:00 to 6:00p.m. CDT

Schedule Options


From April 12 to June 18

Price: $400

4:00 to 5:00p.m. CDT

Schedule Options


From April 12 to June 18

Price: $275

7:00 to 8:00p.m. CDT

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