The activity of debate tends always to be done by the same population of people: the elite college students and the intelligent high schoolers who are willing to put their time into talking about the world’s issues. These are the types of students who are likely to support the same policies, the same ideas, and the same solutions because they have all grown up in the same bubble listening to people talk in the same echo chamber.
Debate is uniquely valuable for kids like this because it shows them that there’s more than one side to every issue. By being forced to debate on a side that debaters don’t necessarily start out agreeing with, they are forced to break out of their comfort zone and realize that there is merit to every argument made. In a world where people tend to be complacent with everything that they are told, debate provides a valuable experience of thinking for the other side. The problem with MUN is that when debaters can simply choose to agree, they never have to engage with the other side. Because of this, the debates that happen in MUN are always singular and monotonous, with one participant proposing something in the beginning and the rest simply agreeing because they are not forced to do anything else.