Utah Debate Topics 2017-2018


Middle School 

  • Policy (CX) "Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its influence over K-12 education in the United States in one or more of the following areas: STEM programs, school lunches, student rights, funding allocation."
  • Lincoln-Douglas (LD)"Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee a right to education.


  • Public Forum (PF) - "Resolved: In the United States, the benefits of government regulation of education outweigh the harms."


Arguments FOR Government Regulated Education:

  1. Consistent funding
  2. Strong standards
  3. Civil right protection
  4. Efficiency and expertise

Arguments AGAINST Government Regulated Education: 

  1. Fiscally irresponsible
  2. Ruins innovation and flexibility
  3. Coercive and constricting to freedom 
  4. Hurts community and private alternatives


2017 Elementary Debate Definitions