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Debate

2018-2019 Debate Resolutions

The Elementary Public Forum (PF) Topic:
"Resolved: Schools should eliminate homework."

The Middle School Lincoln-Douglas (LD) Topic:
2018 (First Semester, Aug-Dec)

"Resolved: Oppressive government is more desirable than no government."

2019 (Second Semester, Jan-May, State Tournament)
"Resolved: A government should prioritize the humanitarian needs of refugees over its national interests."

The Middle School Policy (CX) Topic:
"Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States in one or more of the following areas: refugees, childhood arrivals, student visas, H-1B visas." 

Jordan District Debate Meets

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State Debate Meets 

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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 the gifted and talented staff in the Curriculum Department.