NITOC 2020 will host three debate events:
Lincoln Douglas Value Debate
2020 Resolved: Culture ought to value assimilation over multiculturalism.
E Pluribus Unum, the motto of the United States, means “out of many, one.” But one what? Is America a melting pot, where people from all corners of the earth become the American culture? Or, is America one big salad bowl, where each culture adds unique flavor? Never in our history has this question of identity been more important. This resolution will allow debaters to understand and appreciate values gained from various cultures within the American fabric. Students will also understand the importance of a unified American culture. Diversity and multiculturalism will be values explored for their worth. So too will patriotism and unity. This resolution should be less about the sins of racism and ethnocentrism, than about who we are as a people and what it means to be a nation.
2020 Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reform its banking, finance, and/or monetary policy.
Ever since the 2008 recession, banking, finance, and monetary policy have been hot topics. While Stoa debaters have been able to debate fiscal and tax policies in the past, this is a completely different side of the money debate. The Federal Reserve, regulations on banks, the stock market, and housing loans, are all areas students will get to explore. Not only will debaters dig deeper into understanding the causes of the 2008 recession, but they will also learn about the Great Depression, the basics of banking and investing, and will study economic concepts like inflation. Cases could range from repealing the Dodd-Frank Act, to winding down Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to auditing the Fed, regulating crypto-currencies, dealing with money laundering, and FDIC reform. Challenging? We think so! But don’t worry: there are plenty of simple and accessible cases too, like eliminating the penny.
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.