We had two boys in high school in the early 60s who placed 10th nationally in debating. I met one of them years later, Dave Mezzera, and I knew his younger brother, Bob.
In high school I was impressed with the debaters and the ability to speak extemporaneously. I thought of them as well-dressed, well-mannered, well-spoken young men not easily embarrassed, what I wanted to be.
On the popular stage today are poorly dressed, ill-mannered, foul-mouthed male and female bullies.