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Copy of Debate 101, An Overview
Transcript of Copy of Debate 101, An Overview
Two Debate Areas
Understanding the Basics
Policies Versus Values
What Debate ISN'T:
In other words, what most
people think of as "arguing," really isn't a debate. What most people do is spout ill-informed opinions without actually listening to the other side. Real debate is the opposite of this.
Arguments: Not merely
Watch the next video from the beginning until the 3:45 mark (the part when he leaves the argument room).
What Debate IS:
Uses Evidence (e.g. quotes, statistics, etc.)
Analyzes; does not simply contradict
A collection of statements that proves a proposition
Uses refutation and concession
Focus on Actions taken by governments, schools, organizations, groups.
Emphasizes the effects of a policy; what would happen if we took this course of action?
Resolved: The US should legalize marijuana.
Resolved: The United States government should significantly reduce worldwide pollution through its trade and/or aid policies.
Resolved:Private sector investment in human space exploration is preferable to public sector investment.
Focus on morality and universal values like Justice or Equality.
Frequently focus on individual action, but can examine the morality of actions taken by groups or organizations as well.
Resolved: Justice requires the recognition of animal rights.
Resolved: The death penalty is morally wrong.
Resolved: When forced to choose, a just government ought to prioritize universal human rights over its national interest.
It teaches you:
How to examine and analyze
How to research
What to say
How to say it
How to eliminate unecessary details.