NITOC 2019 will host three debate events:
Lincoln Douglas Value Debate
2019 Resolved: Criminal procedure should value truth-seeking over individual privacy.
The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution secures to “the people” the right “to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures,” and further demands that “no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Those 54 words raise a host of important value questions: Should relevant, but illegally seized evidence be suppressed from trial? Should our criminal justice system lower protections for criminal defendants to ensure greater rates of conviction? Or would that reduce an important deterrent to illegal conduct by members of law enforcement? This resolution presents those questions and many more. Indeed, it is not limited to federal or even American criminal procedure. The core question that debaters must grapple with is the extent to which society should protect their individual privacy through rules that potentially produce a windfall to criminal defendants.
2019 Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reform its foreign aid.
When it comes to international relations, aid is one of the biggest ways the United States directly interacts with other countries. In the past we’ve seen foreign aid cases when the resolution was specific to a country or region, but this resolution would allow debaters to delve more fully into the aid we give all over the world (over 90% of countries receive aid from the United States). We would see a discussion of regions never explored in Stoa before, including South America, Africa, and the Middle East. Affirmatives will have access to a wide variety of cases, including reforming humanitarian aid, economic development assistance, food aid, healthcare provisions, emergency assistance, and military/anti-terrorism aid.
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.