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It’s not about the debate. It’s about making sense of the (sometimes overwhelming) global issues and the confidence that grows as a result. 
It’s not about the debate. It’s about making sense of the (sometimes overwhelming) global issues and the confidence that grows as a result. 

“Be it resolved that A.I. should be banned.”

Ryan Cho, soft-spoken and always curious, is also recognized as among the best
Canadian high school debaters.

Whether it’s about welcoming a green technology future, or fixing social isolation, Ryan
knows that solutions to global challenges will come through dialogue.

“We are a small dot on a giant map, and sometimes the issues heaped on
top of each other can be overwhelming,” he says. ”But debating the issues, analyzing
them and exploring different perspectives is when they start to make sense and we get

“Debate leads to awareness, and awareness to action,” announces Cho. He says this
not as an idealist, but with the conviction that it’s an irrefutable fact. “Debating helps me
break down the big picture.”

Ryan is inspired seeing positive action come from thorough discussion. “Watching
people step up to make a difference fills me with confidence that the human race is fully
capable of fixing the challenges faced on this planet.”

Ryan the debater believes that human potential is limitless. His advice to the less
hopeful? “Start with community and show how your little corner of work connects to the
global issue.”

It’s not all ‘sky is falling’ stuff in debating competitions, he adds. “Debating topics are as
wide as the horizon.” Take, for example, culture and entertainment. Ryan once debated
‘whether Disney Princesses were good for kids.’

Ryan’s mother thinks he “might accidentally become a lawyer.” Ryan is not sure. Yet
through debating he has learned about perspective and his place on that giant map.
With help from The York School Fund, Ryan represented York at the World Individual
Debate and Public Speaking Championships in South Africa (where he placed in the top

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The York School is a co-educational JK to Grade 12 independent school located in the heart of Toronto. The York School was founded in 1965 and is the first school in Canada accredited to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) from junior kindergarten (JK) to university entrance. As an IB World School, The York School's motto is Experientia Docet or Experience Teaches.

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