Missed our free Lincoln-Douglas workshop on August 24? Just because you can’t make the trip to Dallas doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from our instructor’s stellar resources! You can find Kris Wright’s handout and reading list below the fold: [..]

Want to attend Debate Central’s workshop series but aren’t sure you’ll be able to make it? You now have more time! We’ve extended the deadline to register for our September 7th FREE workshop until 12pm on Tuesday, September 3rd. [..]

This year, we’re fortunate to welcome back some excellent lecturers for our Free Debate Workshop Series as well as introduce some new faces! If you were on the fence about attending our free workshops August 24 and September 7, we’re certain you can’t turn down a chance to hear from this impressive group! [..]


The 2014-2015 contest is now closed.

Click here to be taken to the 2015-2016 Young Patriots Essay Contest page.

Or, read the winning essays from 2014-2015.



The National Center for Policy Analysis and Debate Central are proud to announce the 2014-2015 Young Patriots Essay Contest! Entrants have the opportunity to compete for $10,000 in scholarship money.

The Young Patriots Essay Contest is designed to challenge high school students to creatively solve problems in the realm of economics and public policy through the art of writing. We assign a controversial topic each year and only THREE winners are chosen out of hundreds of essay submissions. Find the topic and entry instructions below the fold!


Young Patriots Essay Contest 2013 2014 winners

Last year’s contest winners receiving their awards in Dallas.


It’s (almost) resolution day! If the Twitter-verse is to be believed, many of you were anxiously anticipating the publication of the new Public Forum and Lincoln Douglas topics. We were right there with you: [..]

One of the most difficult things to teach is how to predict the topic. Today, we’re teaming up with Sarah Spring, Director of Debate at the University of Houston, to put together your fool-proof guide to assessing the “known unknowns” at the beginning of the season. You can find it below the fold. [..]

Recently, we Tweeted (Follow us: @Debate_Central) a link to one of my very favorite blog posts about summer work. The author, a communications professor at Iowa, is writing for the benefit of graduate students, but he makes some excellent points that apply to debate. You can find the original article here.

I thought we’d do a post modifying this advice and adding some of our own favorites, but first:

Why do debate work in the summer? [..]

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