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Policy Debate – 2021-2022 Topic

“Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its protection of water resources in the United States.”

Each year the National Speech and Debate Association chooses a policy topic that debaters affirm (propose a policy to solve a problem) as well as negate (show why that policy won’t solve the problem, will make things worse, or will cause other problems if enacted).

Students must research, analyze, and defend different policy options, and in the process increase their critical thinking, reading comprehension and public speaking skills. Students compete against other schools throughout the region at weekend debate tournaments held during the school year.

(View more about this year’s debate topic on the NSDA Website: