2022 — Greer, SC/US
NSDA Description: This popular style of debating features one person on each
side. Propositions of value are debated with the emphasis on developing logical
argumentation rather than an accumulation of information. You will learn
values analysis, argumentation skills, sound and ethical uses of persuasion,
and clear audience centered communication. You will have the opportunity to
debate several topics during the school year.
Good debaters construct value-driven cases that are consistent, coherent,
combine original analysis with carefully chosen evidence, and tackle the issues
in the resolution head-on. Over the course of the debate, they thoroughly
defend and expand their own arguments while meticulously deconstructing the
arguments of their opponents.
In the spirit of the debates of Lincoln and Douglas, LD Debate should be a
clash of ideas rather than personalities. Competitors are expected to be
assertive rather than aggressive.
Novice competitors will debate the following resolution: "Civil disobedience in
a democracy is morally justified."