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Potential Debate Topics: 2015-16 School Year

Policy Debate

2015-2016 Topic
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance.

Lincoln-Douglas Debate

2015 September/October LD Topic

Resolved: Adolescents ought to have the right to make autonomous medical choices.

Potential LD Topics for 2015-16:
(in alphabetical order)

NOVICE LD TOPIC AREA: Civil Disobedience

Resolved: Civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified.

 Establishing a resolution for the first two months of the novice season enables the Association to create educational materials that can be updated and improved year-to-year, and allow educators to have a consistent topic geared toward novices that will enhance and streamline their novice LD curriculum, particularly after the first year of implementation.

Coaches are encouraged to check with tournament hosts in their area before exclusively prepping for one topic over another.
  • Corporations ought to value their responsibility to shareholders over the public interest when the two conflict.
  • Countries ought to prohibit the production of nuclear power.
  • Democracies ought to incorporate provisions for legal secession into their national constitutions.
  • Immigration ought to be recognized as a human right.
  • In the United States, campaigns that support candidates for public office ought to be financed exclusively by public funds.
  • In the United States criminal justice system, jury nullification ought to be used in the face of perceived injustice.
  • In the United States, private ownership of handguns ought to be banned.
  • The privatization of civil services undermines democracy.
  • The United States ought to adopt carbon pricing.
  • The United States ought to promote democracy in the Middle East.

Online voting for LD occurs August 1 through September 11.

2015 September/October PF Topic Area: Racial Justice

Resolved: The United States Federal Government ought to pay reparations to African Americans.

A total of 232 schools and 792 students voted for the resolution. The winning resolution received 52% of the school vote and 71% of the student vote.

NOTE: The initial Public Forum topic is a two-month topic in September/October and then reverts to a month-to-month topic. This schedule beneftis novices who have more time to learn and improve their skills without switching topics.

The PF Topic Selection Committee chooses topic areas to debate at their summer meeting. These areas are then used throughout the school year. If you would like to submit a topic area for consideration, please submit by June 1 for the following school year.

Potential PF Topic Areas for 2015-16:
(in alphabetical order)

  • East Asia
  • Educational Testing
  • Election Process
  • Energy Security
  • Floating X
  • Food and Water Security
  • Income Inequality
  • Migrant and Refugee Crises
  • Polar Development
  • Racial Justice
  • Russia
  • U.S. Foreign Policy




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