G. Mark’s Answer
Language Composition and Debate should be very different, if those classes are implemented correctly, IMO. And I don't think they should be mutually exclusive because of that very reason. Language and Composition is exactly what it says -- it should prepare you to use proper structure, language, grammar, organization, etc., of what you originally wanted to say. This is essentially, "How to speak". Debate should be how you originally determine what you want to say in the first place. It should instruct you on how to look at an issue and find the logic in it and how to reason. You can have a brilliantly-logical point to make and still make a mess of explaining or presenting it to others. This is the communication of the logic. But the logic itself -- the precursor of your statement -- may be absolute rubbish or internally contradictory or make unwarranted and incomplete assumptions. You can still do a wonderfully eloquent job of conveying those sloppy thoughts. Listen to politicians for awhile and get an impression of people spouting blather in a smooth-sounding way.