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    The Debate Team welcomes any 6th, 7th or 8th grader who is interested in developing research and public speaking skills that will serve them well in high school, college, and beyond.  We meet on Wednesdays after school, beginning in September and ending in early February.  Our schedule of debates can be found below, along with the debate topic for this school year.  The coaches for this year are Mrs. Fredette and Mrs. McGinley.  We look forward to another great year!
    Novice Debate Schedule for 2017-2018 School Year
    Start time for all debates: 4 PM

    Tues, October 23        

    Mon, November 12     

    Tues, December 4       

    Wed, January 16         

    Wed, February 13       

    Wed, March 6            



    Immigration Reform

    Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States.


    According to the Pew Research Center, 70% of voters listed immigration as “very important” to their decision in the 2016 election—more than social security, education, and environment. With extensive news coverage on immigration, even novice students have a basic working knowledge of immigration, making the experience of learning Policy Debate more interesting. Advanced debaters can employ nuanced and specific critical and policy arguments. Immigration reform offers a rare example of federal policy where the key questions do not often involve spending money. Instead, the debate will focus on matters of social justice and fairness. Defenders of immigration reform argue America is a nation of immigrants, and a progressive immigration policy will strengthen the economy, as well as enrich our culture. Affirmative cases might focus on particular categories of visas— their criteria and numerical limits; they might focus on different populations, or areas of the world; they might examine types of skills under-represented in the United States. Opponents have voiced the concern that immigrants take jobs from Americans and might pose a threat to public safety. Examples of possible affirmative cases are: comprehensive immigration reform, amnesty for immigrants already living in the United States, reversing restrictive state laws, changes to visa/quota requirements, the DREAM Act, and increasing work permits for immigrants with special skills in medicine or engineering, among others. Negative positions could focus on the economic and employment harms of increased immigration, increased risk of a terrorist attack, disruption of federalism, and the political implications of immigration reform.



     View a Powerpoint presentation:What is Debate? 

    All debaters must bring in a signed Debate Permission Slip  before the first debate.

    Bergen County Debate League

    Novice Division

    Shortened Round

    2017-2018 Debate Season

    Teams should write their names and codes only on the board.  You do not need to write the resolved.

    1AC 5 Minutes

    CX 2 Minutes

    1NC 3 Minutes

    CX 2 Minutes

    2AC 5 Minutes

    CX 2 Minutes

    2NC 3 Minutes

    CX 2 Minutes

    Prep 2 Minutes

    Rebuttals 2 Minutes each

    Each round should be about 30 minutes.