John Champe High School DebateTeam CaptainsSanjna RameshSehajroop GadhNina ChinnaShweatha RameshkumarAngelina CherianSponsor: Tonya Williams, email@example.com
A debate is an organized argument or contest of ideas in which the participants discuss a topic from two opposing sides. If you like to argue, you might enjoy debate.
At Champe, we participate in several different debate forms.
Policy debate is a form of team debate where a team of 2 debates another team of 2 about a policy question. The policy question typically remains the same for an entire academic school year. The affirmative team will present a plan in response to the policy question. The negative team attempts to show why the proposed plan is not viable.
An example of a policy debate topic is: Resolved- the United States federal government should substantially increase its transportation infrastructure within the United States.
Public Forum Debate
Public Forum Debate is another team debate activity where a team of 2 goes against another team of 2 arguing for or against an issue posited by a given topic. The goal is to be persuasive and logical.
An example of a public forum debate topic is: Resolved- the United States should abolish the capital gains tax.
Lincoln Douglas Debate
Lincoln Douglas Debate is an individual debate form wherein 1 person debates another about whether something is right or wrong. Lincoln Douglas topics change throughout the school year.
An example of a Lincoln Douglas debate topic is: Resolved- Burger King is better than McDonald’s.
Student Congress is an opportunity for participants to engage in debate modeled after a state or national legislature. Student Congress is a great introduction to debate during which participants propose resolutions or bills to be voted upon after debate on the issues.