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Debate

2021-2022 Debate Resolutions 

The Elementary Public Forum (PF) Topic:
"Resolved: The benefits of outer space exploration outweigh the harms."

The Middle School Lincoln-Douglas (LD) Topic:
2020 (First Semester, Aug-Dec)

"Resolved: The World Trade Organization ought to reduce intellectual property protections for medicines."

2021 (Second Semester, Jan-May, State Tournament)
"Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee universal child care."

The Middle School Policy (CX) Topic:
"Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its protection of water resources in the United States in one or more of the following areas: drinking water, hydraulic fracturing, and/or agricultural use of water." 

Informational Debate Flyer 2021-2022

Jordan District Debate Meets

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Check back - typically held in April.

State Debate Meets 

Check back - Typically held the first part of May.

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.