East Coast High School Public Debate Program

 

 

Welcome to the ESU East Coast High School Public Debate Program!

  • Saturday, November 18: Applied Technology High School
  • Saturday, December 9: Hackley School
  • Saturday, January 20: TBD
  • Saturday, March 9: TBD
  • REMINDER: EACH SCHOOL MUST PROVIDE ONE JUDGE FOR EVERY 2 TEAMS.

TOPICS for the november tournament

– Abolish the Electoral College

– Washington D.C. should be granted statehood

 

2022-2023 Tournaments

  • Saturday, December 10, 2022 at Hackley School
  • Saturday, February 11, 2023 at Dwight School
  • Saturday, March 4, 2023 at Horace Greeley School
  • Championship Tournament April 2023 (Date & Location TBD)
  • REMINDER: EACH SCHOOL MUST PROVIDE ONE JUDGE FOR EVERY TWO TEAMS.

 

Past Topics 

The UN should have more power to enforce international laws and regulations.

– The United States should adopt a nationalized education system.

– The Biden Administration’s Student Loan Debt Relief Plan does more harm than good.

– New York State should not ban the sale of gas-powered cars by 2035.

– End Presidential Executive Privilege!

– CRISPR/Cas9 will do more harm than good.

– All currently illegal drugs should be legalized, regulated, and taxed.

– The US federal government should regulate cryptocurrency.

Impose term limits on the US Congress

– Cancel culture does more good than harm.

– Abolish the CIA!

Additional impromptu topics will be selected from current events & enduring ethical controversies

 

Tournament Format & Schedule:

The tournament will consist of four rounds.

Two of the rounds will cover two pre-announced topics (usually announced about four weeks prior to the event) and two rounds will include two extemporaneous motions for debate. Impromptu topics, drawn from current events and notable public policy issues, are announced twenty minutes prior to debates. Pre-announced and impromptu topics can be in any round order.

Rounds three and four are power-matched and at some tournaments (time permitting) we will have a final public debate between the top two teams on a third extemporaneous topic.

Please note: the timing of the East Coast tournaments will start at 8am and the West Coast tournaments will start at noon.

 

Tentative Schedule for the Day

Time Activity
8AM – 9AM  Registration
9AM – 9:30AM General Assembly and Welcome
9:30AM – 11AM  Round 1 
11AM – 12:30PM   Round 2
12:30PM – 1:00PM       LUNCH
1:00PM – 2:30PM Round 3
2:30PM – 4:00PM   Round 4 
4:00PM – 4:30PM Break/Coaches Meeting
4:30PM – 5:00PM Publice Debate Finals
5:00PM – 5:30PM Awards

 


Program Contact

Alice Uhl, Director of International Scholarship, Shakespeare & Debate 

auhl@esuus.org

(212) 818-1200, ext. 212

 


 

LOCAL CONTACT

Ahlam Yassin, M.A. Ed.
President, East Coast HSPDP
ahlyas@bergen.org

 

Steve Fitzpatrick
Founder, East Coast HSPDP
sfitzpatrick@hackleyschool.org 

 


 

ABOUT

The ESU East Coast High School Public Debate Program features four events over the course of the 2023-2024 academic year.

Like the Middle School Public Debate Program, it is a three-person team, parliamentary league that will include local schools across the east coast in single day tournament competitions revolving around several debate topics.