NITOC 2017 will host three debate events:

Lincoln Douglas Value Debate


2017 Resolved: The needs of the public ought to be valued above private property rights.

Lincoln Douglas Value debate uses a one on one format in which students discuss and debate competing values or value systems. A value is an ideal held by individuals, societies or governments. The students debate one value resolution for the entire season. Research includes historic and philosophical sources as well as contemporary applications in order to defend both sides of the resolution.

The purpose of Lincoln Douglas value debate is to instill in Christian home school students the skills of presentation, critical thinking, research, and value analysis. That endeavor should only be accomplished in an environment of honorable competition that cultivates maturity, wisdom, grace, poise, and brings glory to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Lincoln Douglas Value Debate Resources

 

Team Policy Debate


2017 Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reform its agriculture and/or food safety policy in the United States.

Team Policy debate is an activity in which teams of two students debate one another addressing issues of contemporary public policy. The policy may be domestic or international in nature and the students debate the same policy, or resolution, the entire season. The students do research to be prepared to debate both sides of the resolution.

The purpose of Team Policy debate is to instill in Christian home school students the skills of presentation, critical thinking, research, and policy analysis. That endeavor should only be accomplished in an environment of honorable competition that cultivates maturity, wisdom, grace, poise, and brings glory to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Team Policy Debate Resources

Parliamentary Debate (aka Parli)


Resolutions are announced / released prior to the beginning of each round.

Parliamentary debate is an activity in which teams of two students debate one another in an extemporaneous form of debate in which their topic is given just minutes prior to the round. Parliamentary debate asks competitors to develop and defend positions on a wide range of issues that could be fact, value, policy or scenario in nature. Parliamentary debate (aka Parli) not only relies on quick thinking but also on an accumulation of general knowledge on a broad range of subjects.

The purpose of Parliamentary debate is to instill in Christian home school students the skills of presentation, critical thinking, research, and analysis of current events. That endeavor should only be accomplished in an environment of honorable competition that cultivates maturity, wisdom, grace, poise, and brings glory to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Parliamentary Debate Resources

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