Middle School Debate

2018 Middle School Debate

In the Middle School Debate Competition students form two person teams to debate both sides of a current topic.  They research in order to develop both negative and affirmative arguments, learn to cross examine their opposition, and listen attentively in order to rebut their opponent’s arguments.  They are scored in several areas, including delivery and analysis. This program is fantastic for public speaking skills, analyzing issues and using evidence to support arguments.


2019 Middle School Debate Competition

The early round Middle School Tournament will take place on May 8 2019, at John Winthrop Middle School, beginning at 2:00 p.m. The playoff rounds are planned for May 16, 2019 at the Connecticut Bar Association.

The resolution for this year's High School Tournament is:

"Resolved: Judges should be automatically reappointed absent misconduct or incapacity."

For further information and introductory source material, please click here.

For an overview of the debate and rules click here.