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
Elementary School - TBA
Middle School - TBA
State Debate Meet - TBA
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:
- As a unit of study, introducing debate skills with the process and information for the debate
- 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.