The beginning of November means a new topic for Public Forum debaters! The current resolution is “Resolved: On balance, the benefits of genetically modified foods outweigh the harms.” This is a topic that touches on a number of interesting topics, including food safety, economic development, and the environment. Today, we’re releasing our pro-side topic guide to help you navigate this resolution and build a strong pro case. Find it below the fold! [..]
The National Center for Policy Analysis and Debate Central are proud to announce the opening of the 2014-2015 Young Patriots Essay Contest! Entrants have the opportunity to compete for $10,000 in scholarship money, a free trip to Dallas to be recognized, and more!
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.
Last year’s contest winners receiving their awards in Dallas.
Many of you are still searching for the perfect affirmative case to run on this year’s 2014-2015 policy debate topic, Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans. Today, we’re going to help you get prepped by sharing our FULL affirmative file for our nuclear power aff case. Download it now! [..]
Frequent Debate Central readers understand the importance of carrying solid, up-to-date impact files. That’s why we want to help you get a jump on a topic policy debaters will likely be debating a lot this season: climate change. Today, we’re sharing two full files for debating global warming from either side! [..]
Want to get a jumpstart on the 2014-2015 season, and learn debate techniques from some of the best coaches in the DFW area, all for FREE? Join us at one of our Fall 2014 debate workshops!
Session 1- August 9th, 2014
Session 2- September 20th, 2014
Registration 9am-10am, Workshops 10am-4pm
University of Texas- Dallas. Come check out a college campus with it’s own successful debate program — right here in DFW!
Debate Central, in partnership with the University of Texas-Dallas, is hosting a FREE, day-long workshop in CX (two levels), LD, and PF (pending enrollment) debate!
Each session will cover skills, topic basics, and preparation, as well as include a free packet of practice evidence created by Debate Central experts! Workshops include day-long instruction as well as a provided lunch.
Any debater or team registered by the deadline is welcome to attend!
Workshops are taught by successful area coaches, including:
(If you miss the priority deadline, you are still welcome to attend. However, we encourage you to register ASAP to guarantee your participation.)
If you are registering as an individual: Please complete the registration form here
If you are registering as a team: If you would prefer to register as a group, coaches may email Rachel Stevens (Rachel DOT Stevens AT ncpa.org). Please include the number of students you wish to register in each event. Whenever feasible, please do this as soon as possible to guarantee appropriate planning, particularly in Public Forum.
Here at Debate Central, we’re committed to bringing you top-quality debate resources that you won’t find anywhere else. That’s why we have commissioned a special paper by a leading environmental economist on the 2014-2014 policy/CX debate topic: “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans.” This paper takes a look at the relationship between economic theory and the resolution, in order to provide you with brand new evidence that is completely topic-specific!
This year’s expert is Dr. Michael D. Stroup, a professor of economics at Stephen F. Austin State University and noted research expert on the intersection between economics and environmental quality. Find it below the fold! [..]