Learning Policy Debate

Posted: February 23, 2017 in Articles

Near the start of the 2016 school year, I began a public speaking class. Since that time, we’ve done several types of speeches like informational, demonstrative, and persuasive. Now, we’re starting on policy debates. For this particular course, the teacher will pick the topics and each student will be paired with another. One will be arguing the affirmative side, and one the negative. After each team has done one debate, the students will switch partners and sides and do another round of debates on the same topic.

So next Thursday, March 2, I’m going against my friend. I’m affirmative, and he’s negative. A couple of weeks later, I’ll be arguing the negative side of the topic against a different partner. Our topic is whether or not students should be guaranteed two years of free tuition at a community college or trade school. So far I’ve found, as the teacher warned us early on, that it’s a lot of research. For every point and sub-point you have, you need to provide evidence. It takes a lot of work to find that much evidence.

Anyway, feel free to comment on the topic of free college education. It could only help me out 🙂

  1. Libby says:

    And at the end you will have learnt that there are two sides to every argument!

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