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In a new memoir, Mark Oppenheimer recounts how competitive debate saved his youth

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(Photoillustration: Tablet Magazine; photo: High School Debate Team by rightsreaders, some rights reserved.)

Growing up, Mark Oppenheimer was always itching for a fight. He didn’t want the kind involving jabs and hooks—rhetorical skill and quick wit were his weapons—but, even so, neither his peers nor the hands-on-activity-loving teachers at his progressive elementary schools shared his inclinations. Salvation came in middle school, when he discovered the world of competitive debate. There, verbal agility was rewarded, as Oppenheimer, a Tablet Magazine contributing editor, recounts in his new memoir, Wisenheimer: A Childhood Subject to Debate. He discussed how debate skills do and don’t contribute to journalistic endeavors, and what this all has to do with being Jewish, and his third-grade nemesis—a teacher named Lisa—with Vox Tablet host Sara Ivry. 

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Florence Weinberger says:

Came upon your website by accident and tuned in to the interview with Mark Oppenheimer. My 15 year old grandson debates in high school and I found the interview so interesting, I emailed him the website and the information. I don’t know whether he was that kid, that wisenheimer, but he’s bright and articulate–well, of course, he’s Jewish–and I think he’ll get a kick out of it.

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