Public Forum Debate is a 2 person team event that advocates or rejects a position posed by a resolution (taken from current events.) The focus of the debate is a clash of ideas in a persuasive manner that can be understood by a “lay” judge. Good debaters display logic and analysis and use evidence when needed. They should win their case and refute that of their opponents. They should communicate effectively, using the fundamentals of good speaking.
Resolved: In response to the current crisis, a government should prioritize the humanitarian needs of refugees over its national interests.
Resolved: On balance, standardized testing is beneficial to K-12 education in the United States.
Upcoming Practice Requirements
11/11: Nearly-finalized cases and permission slips--mandatory if attending WACFL II
11/14: WACFL II at Freedom High School
11/25: Thanksgiving Break--no school
12/2: Case outlines--permission slips due
12/9: Nearly-finalized cases--mandatory if attending WACFL III
12/12: WACFL III at Lake Braddock High School