The Flames offers a debate club for homeschooled children aged 12-18. Our program will focus on Team Policy and Parliamentary styles of debate. Team Policy is where teams of two argue for or against a resolution that calls on the U.S. Government to change a policy. For example, a resolution might call on the government to change its tax laws. The resolution is used for an entire year, and teams spend weeks preparing their arguments for and against the resolution. In head-to-head competitions, the affirmative team argues in favor of the resolution, the negative team argues against it. Parliamentary (referred to as 'parli') also is structured around teams of two arguing for or against a resolution, but in parli the topic is not known in advance. Instead, a new resolution is introduced each round (there may be several rounds in a tournament) and the teams have 15 minutes to prepare their defense of, or opposition to it. Parli resolutions may cover a broad range of topics. For example, a parli resolution may state that the Federal Government should substantially increase its readiness for space warfare, that the U.K. should cancel Breixt, or that the death penalty should be abolished.
Flames debate teams are part of Stoa, a national network of Christian homeschool speech and debate teams. Our debaters are eligible to participate in Stoa-sponsored tournaments anywhere in the U.S., and may qualify for the National Invitational Tournament of Champions (NITOC), where hundreds of the nation's best homeschool debaters compete against each other.
Fall 2019 Season
Debate club meetings will be held on Mondays from 7:30 to 9:00 pm at the Warren County Community Center, 538 Villa Drive in Front Royal. Meetings start on September 16, 2019 and end April 6, 2020. Registration fee is $45 for just debate, or $60 if you register for debate and speech.
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