• What Is a Debate?

    Essentially, a debate is an argument with rules.

    Debating rules vary from one competition to another, and there are several possible debate formats. Debates can involve single-member teams or teams that include several students.
    In a standard debate, two teams are presented with a resolution or topic, and each team has a set period of time to prepare an argument.
    Students typically don't know their debate subjects ahead of time. However, participants are encouraged to read about current events and controversial issues to prepare for debates. This can give teams special strengths in certain topic areas. The goal is to come up with a good argument in a short amount of time.
    If this is something you would like to consider, please contact Dr. Bufford @ Brandian.Bufford@houstonisd.org