Debate Events

The purpose of all three forms of debate in Stoa is to instill in Christian homeschool students the skills of presentation, critical thinking, research, and analysis. This endeavor is accomplished in an environment of honorable competition that cultivates maturity, wisdom, grace, and poise and brings glory to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Competitors, please read the Stoa Debate Executive Summary of changes to the rules for each form of debate for the 2019-2020 competition season.

Parliamentary Debate

Parliamentary Debate is an extemporaneous form of debate with rotating topics that ask competitors to develop and defend positions on a wide range of issues. A Parli debate round consists of two teams, the Government team, and the Opposition team, with two competitors on each team. Competitors receive a resolution to debate and are given 20 minutes to prepare for the debate and walk to the competition room.

PLEASE READ the updated 2019-2020 Parli Rules and take note of the significant changes.

Team Policy Debate

Team Policy Debate asks competitors to develop and defend competing policy options to address contemporary problems. A TP Debate round consists of two teams, an Affirmative team, and a Negative team, debating against each other. Each team is comprised of two competitors.

The 2019-2020 Team Policy Debate Resolution:

The United States Federal Government should substantially reform its banking, finance, and/or monetary policy.

Please see the 2019-2020 Team Policy Rules and be aware of the changes for this tournament season.

Lincoln Douglas Debate

Lincoln Douglas is a value debate. An LD debate examines competing value systems to answer big questions. A Lincoln Douglas Debate round is a one-on-one debate between the Affirmative competitor and the Negative competitor.

The 2019-2020 Lincoln Douglas Debate Resolution:

Culture ought to value assimilation over multiculturalism.

For an updated version of the rules, please read the 2019-2020 Lincoln Douglas Rules.