World Schools debating. World Schools is a format that is less popular in the US but more popular abroad. In this format, students debate three on three with different topics in each debate. Some of the topics are announced before the start of the tournament and others are announced an hour before the debate. This requires students to prepare in advanced to debate a wide variety of topics and there is more of an emphasis on logic and reasoning than evidence. We provide instruction with helping students learn World Schools debate, helping students improve their skills, and helping students prepare to debate the topics.
Parliamentary training. Parliamentary debate is similar to World Schools in terms of the preparation the announcement of some the topics during the tournament and others a bit before, but in Parliamentary debate students debate 2 teams v. 2 teams and the teams and debaters are ranked. There isn’t a winner, but teams are ranked 1-4. This format is rare in the US, but it is practiced in California and there is a small prep school parliamentary debate circuit in the Northeast US. We provide instruction with helping students learn Parliamentary debate, helping students improve their skills, and helping students prepare to debate the topics.
There are also formats of Parliamentary debate that are 2 students v. 2 students (rather than 2 teams v. 2 teams) with a winner declared. Local leagues vary on how much advanced preparation is provided.
Although these formats are slightly different and have variations within them, all involve a mixed degree of advanced and limited preparation.
In our World Schools / BP courses we cover the following in 1.5 hour classes, with adaptations made to the experience levels of the students and the specific format they ordinarily participate in.
1. Fundamentals of argumentation and argument models
2. Looking for weaknesses in arguments using argument fallacies
3-5. Generating general arguments. In these sessions we will review common motions and work with students to put them into categories so that they can take advantage of genera arguments in these areas. These areas include —
(a) Government social programs v. individual responsibility
(b) Government regulation v. free market
(c) Unilateral v. multilateral action in foreign policy
(d) Is government intervention into private lives justified?
(d) Punitive v. rehabilitative criminal justice policies
(e) Privacy v. free expression
(f) Should taxes be increased or limited?
(g) Should foreign military presence be increased or decreased?
(h) Is regulation an effective approach to environmental protection?
(6) Points of Information
(7) How to use your pre-round preparation time
(8) How to prep pre-prepared motions
(10) Applying public speaking skills
We also provide instruction in general topic areas. These topics are covered in 60 minute lectures and students can book 1-3 at a time.
Topics include —
Middle East Peace Talks
South China Sea
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
North American Free Trade Agreement