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Debate

2017-2018 Debate Resolutions

The Elementary (PF) Topic:
"Resolved: In the United States, the benefits of government regulation of education outweigh the harms."

The Middle School Lincoln-Douglas (LD) Topic:
"Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee a right to education."

The Middle School Policy (CX) Topic:
"Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its influence over K-12 education in the United States in one or more of the following areas: STEM programs, school lunches, student rights, funding allocation."

Jordan District Debate Meets shutterstock_230658268

Elementary School - TBA

Middle School - TBA

State Debate Meet - TBA

Debate Resources:

General Information
Debate is an opportunity for students to use their skills of reading, thinking, writing, speaking and listening in a meaningful situation that can be related to their own lives. Teams of two students research a controversial issue to collect facts and expert opinions for/against a proposed change (stated as a resolution). They prepare cases by using this data and making/stating a strong case and refuting opponent’s claims with contradictory facts and explanations. Elementary students argue either as affirmative or a negative team. Intermediate students are prepared to argue both affirmatively and negatively.  Middle school students can also opt for Lincoln/Douglas debate style.  
Debate can be used in the classroom in two ways:

  1. As a unit of study, introducing debate skills with the process and information for the debate
  2. As part of the year’s curriculum and as an outgrowth of language arts, science and social studies

For more information and training materials contact your area GT Consultant.