Utah Debate Topics 2018-2019



Middle School 

  • Policy (CX) "Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reduce its restrictions on legal immigration to the United States in one or more of the following areas: refugees, childhood arrivals, student visas, H-1B visas." 

  • Lincoln-Douglas (LD)
    • 2018 (First Semester, Aug-Dec) - "Resolved: Oppressive government is more desirable than no government."
    • 2019 (Second Semester, Jan-May, State Tournament) - "Resolved: A government should prioritize the humanitarian needs of refugees over its national interests."


  • Public Forum (PF) - "Resolved: Schools should eliminate homework."


Arguments FOR Immigration:

  1. New sources of economic growth (talent + labor)
  2. Improved international image and relationships
  3. Humane and compassionate to vulnerable groups

Arguments AGAINST Immigration

  1. Economically damaging to worker wages
  2. Insecurity from drug traffickers or terrorists
  3. Social conflict and loss of culture 
  4. Brain drain from source countries

Arguments FOR Homework

  1. Effective student learning
  2. Targeted teaching and lessons
  3. Time-management skills

Arguments AGAINST Homework

  1. Stress & anxiety
  2. Trades off with extra circulars 
  3. Not authentic learning


Intro to the Homework Topic by Susan Giddings

AFF Homework Research by Susan Giddings

NEG Homework Research by Susan Giddings