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  • 1. Parliamentary Debate
    What is parliamentary debate?
  • 2. What is Parliamentary Debate?
    • Parli is a spontaneous partner debate
    • 3. Format: 1AC, 1NC, 2AC, 2NC, NR, AR
    • 4. Constructives are 7 mins, rebuttals are 5
    • 5. Resolutions are released before rounds!
    • 6. Requirements:
    • 7. General knowledge of current/historical events
    • 8. Following magazines, periodicals is a good idea
    • 9. The ability to think on your feet
    • 10. Practice
    • 11. Creativity!
  • Resolutions
    Fact: Is the resolution true?
    Ex: This house believes that President Obama has done a better job at fighting terrorism than George Bush
    Value: Yes/No, and how should you decide if it is?
    Ex: This house believes the United States should have a drinking age
    Policy: Should we adopt a plan?
    Ex: This house would abolish the electoral college
    It’s not that simple!
    Resolutions often are a mix of the three general categories
    Ex: This house would lower the drinking age
    Is it wise to adopt a plan to do so?
    How do you decide whether or not is wise to do so?
  • 12. A mix of the other debates
    “Lay Debate,” At league tournament
    Less debate jargon, more explanation of issues
    “Technical Debating” At invitationals and larger tournaments
    Jargon is used, along with strategies from Policy and LD
    Parli is for those that want to…..
    lay debate sometimes, and debate technically other times
    approach debate for the first time
    show advanced debate knowledge
    run craaaazy arguments (time capsules, plankton, babies, etc.)
    have fun
    If you said yes to any of the above, Parli is for you!
  • 13. Lincoln Douglas Debate
    What is LD Debate?
  • 14. LD is one-on-one debate
    Resolutions are bi-monthly!
    It is called “value” debate
    Places emphasis on logic, ethics, and philosophy
    named for the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas because their debates were centered around slavery and the morals, values, and logic behind it
  • 15. Example Resolutions:
    Resolved: States ought not possess nuclear weapons.
    Resolved: A just society ought not use the death penalty as form of punishment.
    LD is always “in theory” debate
    If topics discusses government policies etc., LD debaters discuss its ethical impacts
    Crux of every LD case is something called “value” and “value criteria”
    Value Premise: Your arguments all solve for this value; the case attempts to demonstrate the resolutional action is in accordance with this value (i.e. justice, equality , etc.)
    Value Criteria: How you measure, quantify this value
  • 16. Most Unique NFL Debate
    No other NFL debate includes ethics and values!
    Arguments are not limited to “quantifiable impacts” only as in many other debates
    LD is for those who…..
    are looking to debate the “human aspect” rather than economic, political feasibility of issues
    Prefer to stay away from creating policy measures or solving political issues, etc
    Need a stepping stone to Policy debate
    Want to improve personal refutation skills, cross-examination, AND argumentation skills!
    Do not want to depend on partners
    Want to read about basic philosophy!
    If you said yes to any of the above, LD is for you!
  • 18. PF is 30 minute, partner debate
    Resolutions are released every month!
    Topics are current events, “stripped off of headlines”
    Following magazines, periodicals is a good idea
    The newest and shortest NFL debate event
    A simple, organized debate form intended to be audience friendly and laymen-comprehensible
  • 19.
    • Example Resolutions:
    Resolved: That the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 will successfully mitigate economic slowdowns over the next year.
    Resolved: NATO presence improves the lives of Afghan citizens
    • No technicality!
    • 20. Public Forum cases feature basic cost-benefit analysis
    • 21. No jargon, or theory
    • 22. Argumentation revolves around economic, social, political feasibility and impacts
    • 23. Evidence and statistic heavy debate
  • Most Audience Friendly NFL Debate
    Orthodox argumentation: PF debaters weigh quantified Pro’s against quantified Con’s
    Realistic, informative argumentation!
    PF is for those who…..
    Want an introduction to basic debate and argumentation
    are looking to debate the economic, political, social feasibility of issues
    Want to improve their research skills
    Enjoy current events
    Want to widen their general knowledge
    Want to hone basic economics knowledge
    Prefer to depend on partners
    If you said yes to the above, PF is for you!
  • 25. The oldest and most famous NFL debate event!
    Considered the most prestigious debate event and also, most complex
    Partner debate event
    One topic per year
    2010 Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its military and/or police presence in one or more of the following: South Korea, Japan, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Iraq, Turkey.
    Many high school policy debaters continue policy debate in college
    Also known as “Cross-X” debate
    Resolutions directly relate to government policy
  • 26.
    • Cases:
    • 27. Affirmative side always presents a plan that solves for the resolution
    • 28. Example Resolution- Resolved: The federal government should adopt a comprehensive, long-term agricultural policy in the United States
    • 29. Very evidence and statistic heavy!
    • 30. Policy debaters carry around tubs full of multiple plans and hundreds of pages of printed evidence
    • 31. Style:
    • 32. Policy is all about technique and jargon
    • 33. Lots of room for creativity!
    • 34. Focused on evidence gathering and organizational ability
    • 35. Less emphasis on persuasiveness
    • The “Granddaddy” of NFL Debate
    • 36. Very large community of debaters across the country!
    • 37. A long legacy of famous politicians, media personnel
    • 38. Policy is for those who…..
    • 39. Want to build advanced research skills
    • 40. Want the same topic for the entire year
    • 41. Want lots of time to develop arguments
    • 42. Enjoy all out, total global thermonuclear war and extinction in every single round!
    • 43. Want to debate what their debate coach did! 