Academic Debates, Seoul, Republic of Korea


Year long delegation Q&A

What is the difference between the Model UN program offered at my child's school and the League of Creative Minds leadership program?

The League of Creative Minds teachers hold advanced degrees in law, often practice in their current professions, and hence, do not follow the common rules and customs of traditional teaching but bring a breath of fresh air and inspiration to every single class.  The League's Educational Director, Simon, was a delegate himself for eight years, and taught and led a high-level college delegation, for several years.  Having lived in Vermont and Venezuela, Simon is able to combine his passion for law, history, and teaching from an innovative and fresh perspective. 

The League dedicates all of its resources to instructing students in the art of public speaking, law, debate, logic, research, history, negotiation, analytical writing and cross disciplinary knowledge.  Public speaking is a major component of the League and is the reason why every student is allocated time in the LCM course to acheive and practice their public speaking skills.  League delegates attend high level conferences that allow them to meet students from around the world, otherwise the cultural, social and diplomatic process that LCM defines, is lost.   LCM hosts four conferences per year where League delegates are exposed to intense academic and social experiences.  Last of all, as League delegates become experienced and make the transition from an LCM MS delegate, to an LCM HS delegate, opportunities with the UN, the local community, and national organizations become available.

It is the goal and objective of the League to bring professionals into the classroom, and bridge the gap between knowledge attained in the classroom, and the practical application of what is learned.  This goal is reflected in the weekly dynamic and interactive classes and field events that the League delegates regularly experience.  

The League is focused on exploring current foreign policy that has broad implications on the rest of humanity, and the world we live in.  The League pursues learning as a function to a greater means and not only in blind pursuit of knowledge. League delegates commence their journey when they have mastered a method for finding and critically analyzing information.  The delegates will proceed to expand their knowledge until a strong foundation is formed. 

Summer Camp Q & A

How do I register my child for one of the LCM Model UN summer camp academic sessions?

Enrollment may be completed either online or via regular mail.  Please go to the Summer 2016 page.

How do you verify the academic level of my child if you do not know him or her?

The summer registration packet requires an academic transcript as well as a letter of recommendation.

My child has never been exposed to world affairs or debate, can they still do a Summer Model UN speech & debate camp session?

Yes, there is no specific prior Model UN, Model Congress or Model Government knowledge required.  Moreover, the LCM camps cover material that is distinct and original, unlike what any other debate program encompasses.  What is required from all delegates is a curiosity or intrigue to engage in a diplomatic, social and academic setting with students of similiar age and interest.

Summer travel plans and commitments make it difficult to enroll.  Can my child still attend if he or she will miss several classes from a session(s)?

Yes.  Many students that are enrolled will miss several classes from a session or from several sessions.  We are flexible during the summer Academic sessions, as long as we know the exact dates that will be missed by your son or daughter.  This will allow us to plan accordingly, send missed content, and minimize any disruption to the class. 

How much 'homework' is assigned from the summer academic sessions?

This depends on the organization and interest level of your child.  For delegates that have a passion for learning about clean drinking water in India or the study of desertification they may choose to research and learn about these topics well beyond what is assigned in class.

Most LCM delegates disagree with the term 'homework' as they see it as a continuation of what we cover in class.  Many of the assignments are atypical from assignments given in schools.

The summer sessions will be light in assignments because the students are in a camp session and not the year long League program.  Therefore, one hour of 'homework' can be expected between each session.

What does a typical 'homework' assignment consist of and how much time is given to complete it?

Most of the work is progressive and pertinent to what is being studied at the time. LCM classes are carefully planned and thefore LCM does not have time to assign any busy work.  Each assignment has a prgamatic and academic purpose and is usually welcomed by the students as a mode for them to have a practical avenue to elaborate on what is covered in class.

What if my student does not understand the assignment?

The academic team available to answer any questions via email, text or phone in-between class sessions.  

What is the summer dress code?

The summer dress code consists of a collared shirt as the main and principle request.  Students who do not own collared shirts may instead wear dressy jackets or shirt tops.  The main request is that delegates are slightly dressed up and therefore we do not permit sports or yoga attire.  Additionally, students are engaged daily in public speaking and negotiations and therefore we ask that students have covered shoulders and shorts or skirts that reach knee-length.  This assists students in focusing on academic materials, and appearance does not take away from academic performance.