Policy Debate

Policy debate is a form of debate in which two teams (Affirmative and Negative) argue for and against a resolution that typically calls for policy change by the United States federal government. It is also referred to as cross-examination debate (sometimes shortened to CX) because of the 3-minute questioning period following each constructive speech. Affirmative teams generally present a plan as a proposal for implementation of the resolution..

This is recognized as one of the most difficult and challenging type of debate because it involves in-depth research, practice, and speed. Because of its high recognition, more college scholarships are given to policy than any other types of debate. This is truly a debate that trains the mind of future elites.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Learn to question premises.
  2. Learn to deduce from logical reasoning.
  3. Learn to infer from examples.
  4. Learn to refute seemingly true statements.
  5. Learn to theorize with logic.
  6. Learn in depth about the given topic.
  7. Learn to research and cut evidence.
  8. Learn to write coherent Affirmative and Negative cases.
  9. Learn to argue in a persuasive manner.
  10. Learn to work in teams and win/lose with grace.
  11. Learn to overcome fears and become confident in speaking and debating in English.

Class Details:

  • Age Appropriateness:  6th grade and up
  • Class Duration & Frequency: 2 hours, once a week
  • Payment Policy: 
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    • No refund

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