The National Center for Policy Analysis and Debate Central are happy to announce the 2015-2016 Young Patriots Essay Contest, Sponsored by Copart. Entrants have the opportunity to showcase their writing skills and compete for $9,000 in scholarship money.
The Young Patriots Essay Contest is designed to challenge middle and high school students to creatively engage with public policy and current events through the art of writing. We assign a controversial topic each year, and THREE winners are chosen to receive a scholarship out of hundreds of essay submissions.
Last year’s first place contest winner receiving his scholarship award.
Here at Debate Central, we aim to provide debaters with useful, topic-specific research they won’t find anywhere else. That’s why, each year, we commission a paper from an expert in the resolution’s area of controversy.
The 2015-2016 policy (CX) debate topic is “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance.” These debates are certain to deal with difficult questions surrounding how the USFG should best balance the competing interests of privacy and civil liberties with national security and defense. [..]
Lincoln Douglas debaters, let us help you build your cases for the 2015 National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) National Tournament! If you’re not ready for Dallas, we’ve got your back on both aff and neg. Below the fold you’ll find our totally free guide to the LD topic, “Resolved: Inaction in the face of injustice makes individuals morally culpable.”
This breakdown features all of the strategy tips and free evidence you need to get a jump-start on winning your debates at NSDA Nats, including strategic advice for both the affirmative and negative. Get ready for this resolution…and to accept your national championship! [..]
Public Forum debaters, get your cases ready for the 2015 National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) National Tournament! We are offering our totally free guide to the PF topic, “Resolved: The benefits of First Amendment protection of anonymous speech outweigh the harms.”
This breakdown features all of the strategy tips and free evidence you need to get a jump-start on winning your debates at NSDA Nats, including strategic advice for both the pro and con. Get ready for this resolution…and to accept your national championship! [..]
The National Speech and Debate Association has released the resolutions debaters nationwide will be using this summer at the 2015 National Tournament, held in June in Dallas, Texas.
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If you are having trouble viewing the image, the resolutions are:
Public Forum- Resolved: The benefits of First Amendment protection of anonymous speech outweigh the harms.
Lincoln-Douglas- Resolved: Inaction in the face of injustice makes individuals morally culpable.
Cross-Examination/Policy- Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans.
Debate Central will be releasing our topic guides for the new PF and LD resolutions within the next few days, so be sure to check back! CXers, don’t forget to check out our many resources for the policy topic, as well!
What do you think of these topics? Are you excited to debate them? Tell us in the comments!
With the season drawing to a close and the stress of various national tournaments bearing down on debaters across the country, we here at Debate Central wanted to lighten the mood a bit. So, we have consulted hundreds of current and former debaters, and asked for their goofiest, most “extreme” debate tips.
Debate Central was recently made aware of an opportunity for high school and college debaters to win prizes while honing their debate skills! [..]