Public Forum involves opposing teams of two, debating a topic concerning a current event. Proceeding a coin toss, the winners choose which side to debate (PRO or CON) or which speaker position they prefer (1st or 2nd), and the other team receives the remaining option. Students present cases, engage in rebuttal and refutation, and also participate in a “crossfire” (similar to a cross examination) with the opportunity to question the opposing team. Often times community members are recruited to judge this event.
Resolved: Spain should grant Catalonia its independence. Topic Analysis - CLICK HERE Everyday Debate Topic Information - CLICK HERE Topic Analysis YouTube Video - CLICK HERE
December Topic Area: Sports & Society
Resolved: NCAA student athletes ought to be recognized as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Helpful Topic Resources December 2017 Public Forum Topic Analysis and Research Guide - CLICK HERE
November Topic Area: Gun Rights
Resolved: The United States should require universal background checks for all gun sales and transfers of ownership. Helpful Topic Resources