NITOC 2023 will host three debate events:
Lincoln Douglas Value Debate
Resolved: Criminal justice ought to prioritize rehabilitation over retribution, restitution or deterrence.
Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reform its policy towards one or more countries in Europe.
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.