Introduction to Debate (Government and Economics)

Thursday -
12:45 PM to 02:15 PM
History and Social Studies
High School (9th-12th)


Introduction to Debate will introduce critical thinking and speaking skills through the detailed study of the fundamentals of Team Policy, Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum debate. Debate theory will be taught in the context of what is practiced in interscholastic debate. It will include analysis of current controversial issues, methods and materials of research, evidence, applied logic and reasoning, construction of debate cases, and the use of strategy in debate.

For Team Policy and Lincoln-Douglas debate, students will research and prepare arguments and cases that center around the year`s STOA or National Christian Forensics and Communication Association`s (NCFCA) resolution. STOA and NCFCA are national home school debate leagues. The resolutions for this upcoming school year have not as yet been determined. However, past Team Policy topics have included US Policy Towards India and Russia, Illegal Immigration, NATO, Medical Malpractice, Education Policy, Environmental Policy, the US Criminal Justice System, Federal Electoral Policy, Federal Surveillance Policy. Past Lincoln-Douglas topics have included: respect for popular sovereignty vs. individual rights; due process vs. discovery of fact; and national security vs. freedom of the press, letter of the law vs. spirt of the law. For Public Forum debate, students will choose from a number of current event topics.

Students will be preparing for various competitive tournaments that are offered throughout the school year but they will not be required to compete.

This class can be taken as an elective or for 1/2 credit Civics/Government and 1/2 credit Economics to help fulfill a Social Studies requirement.

Government - focuses on the foundation, principles and structure of the American system of government, the American political process and American foreign policy.

Economics - covers fundamental economic concepts, comparative economic systems, microeconomics, macroeconomics and international economic interdependence.

One 90 minute class per week.

Minimum 8 students, Maximum 12 students per class.


If taken as a Debate Elective:
$400 if paid by the beginning of the school year or $50/month September - May.

If taken with Government/Economics credit:
$450 if paid by the beginning of the school year or $55/month September - May.

Tuition is due by the first day of class each month. Late fee additional $5.00 per week.