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. 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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