Debate Primer #1

Welcome to the beginning of the debate season!  Yes, I know it officially hasn’t started yet, but many of you who are extra-ambitious have already begun your work preparing for this season.  Are you ready for the resolution?

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase social services for persons living in poverty in the United States.

OK.  Now that we know that, let’s talk about the steps you’re going to take to learn more about this topic.  Remember, before we can debate a topic, we need to know as much as possible about the content (poverty) and the method (debate theory).  Let’s get a look.

Step #1: Go to and read the Poverty Topic Overview providing historical context and statistics for the resolution.

Step #2: Again go to and read the Message to Debaters on the economics of the resolution.

I’ll add more in a little bit.  Let me know if you have any questions by posting them as comments here or emailing me.  Good hunting!

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