NCFCA has established a program of formal debate with the ultimate goal of training young people to be able to think critically and communicate effectively about all issues in a manner that pleases God.
Two styles of debate are offered in the NCFCA: Team Policy Debate and Lincoln Douglas Value Debate. Team Policy (TP) Debate advocates a change in policy while Lincoln Douglas (LD) Value Debate centers on a proposition of values. There are unique elements to each, such as the fact that Team Policy debate teams are made up of two students and LD debates are one-on-one, but both offer similar benefits with regard to skill-building. All NCFCA debaters learn research skills, respectful argumentation, refutation, organization and most importantly, good communication and speaking skills.
In a debate tournament, each team will take turns advocating and opposing the resolution in a series of different rounds so that competitors thoroughly learn all the issues involved in the debate topic as well as the skills to both advocate for and oppose a proposition without compromising their own beliefs.
NCFCA debate encourages a conversational style of debate and utilizes judges from the community as well as debate coaches and teachers in order to ensure that competitors learn how to communicate to a general audience. To find out more about NCFCA’s philosophy on judging, please click here.
Debate resolutions change each year. This season’s Team Policy Resolution deals with a change to the United Nations while the LD Value topic concerns whether governments have an obligation to assist other nations in need. Read more about how NCFCA debate topics are chosen here.
2013-2014 Debate Topics
Team Policy Debate
Resolved: That federal election law should be significantly reformed in the United States.
Lincoln Douglas Debate
Resolved: National security ought to be valued above freedom of the press.
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