September/October: Resolved: In the United States, colleges and universities ought not consider standardized tests in undergraduate admissions decisions.
September/October: Resolved: The United States ought to eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels.
1. Lincoln-Douglas debate is a “one-on-one” argumentation where the debaters attempt to convince the judge of the acceptability of their side of a proposition of value. A proposition of value is a statement about the qualities we assign to a given object as something we are favorable toward, or the opposite, as something we are not favorable toward. Value resolutions take several forms:
a. Moral value resolutions - state that something is good or bad in an ethical sense. b. Artistic value resolutions - state that something is pleasing or displeasing to our senses. c. Political value resolutions - state preferences in political philosophies.
Some Lincoln-Douglas debate propositions are worded to offer two conflicting values while some L-D propositions regard the acceptability of a single value.
2. Format: Each speaker in the debate has an equal amount of time to persuade the judge.
3. Duties of the Speakers a. The Affirmative speaker is required to uphold an analysis of the value(s) implied in the resolution. b. The Negative speaker may choose:
1. To uphold a countervailing analysis of the value(s) implied in the resolution OR 2. To offer a straight refutation of the Affirmative position OR 3. To offer a combination of counter analysis and refutation. c. Both speakers bear the burden of clash in rebuttal speeches; that is, each must speak to his/her opponent’s position in the debate.
4. The affirmative should sit on the judge’s left and the negative on the judge’s right, whenever possible.
Time Limits for Lincoln-Douglas Debate
affirmative constructive speeches
cross-examination by negative
negative constructive speeches
cross-examination by affirmative
Lincoln-Douglas Debate Topics:
1. The district Lincoln-Douglas topic is published in the December issue of the NFL Rostrum. 2. The state Lincoln-Douglas topic is published in the February issue of the NFL Rostrum. 3. The state L-D topic shall not be debated nor observed at any tournament prior to the state tournament.