Lincoln Douglas Debate
Targeted Grade Level: Jr. High and Sr. High
No required prerequisites or materials.
Self-paced course **Will be available Summer 2018**
Roy Disney, brother of Walt Disney, once said: “It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” This statement, which was the basis behind Disney’s decision to buy PIXAR, represents the fundamental idea behind LD debate.
Lincoln-Douglas Debate is all about VALUES! In every LD round, you have an ultimate concept that you value, and you consider that value to be higher and more important than any and all other possible values. Then, according to logic and syllogism, you conclude that whichever side of the debate LEADS you to that most important value must therefore be the side that should win! LD is very philosophical in nature. It asks why we do what we do, or why we should choose one particular option above another option. And thus, it contemplates how society should be structured.
As an extremely simplistic example, say you’re looking to buy a car, and you really really want a car that’s very safe. Basically, then, you want to base your car-buying decision off of safety. Because what you care about the most is being safe, you want to buy the safest car you can find. You eventually decide to buy a Honda because they have more airbags and are thus safer than Toyota’s. You just did an LD Values debate in your head! You said that your highest value is safety. Then you concluded that, since Honda’s are most safe, and the value of safety is most important, you should therefore buy a Honda.
This course teaches you the skills needed to compete in LD debate through a popular home-school forensics league known as the NCFCA- National Christian Forensics and Communications Association. At professional 4-day-long tournaments, you will debate about relevant, complex, real-world topics such as nationalism vs. globalism, the right to privacy vs. national security, freedom vs. regulations in economics, rehabilitation vs punishment in criminal justice systems, freedom of the press vs. national security, etc. You will learn the fundamentals of case construction, cross-examination, and rebuttal/refutation strategies from a successful LD debater (Tobias Park) with over 3 years of debating experience. Tobias’s debate credentials include taking first place in LD at the New London, CT qualifier tournament, qualifying to Nationals in LD for two consecutive years, and winning a first place LD Speaker award at the Cherry Hill, NJ qualifier. He is also a contributing author to Monument Publishing’s annual debate source-book, the Red Book. He is currently a high school senior and is active in instructing and coaching a group of new debaters in a new forensics club he helped establish.