KSHSAA Debate
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2017-18 NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL POLICY
DEBATE TOPIC

EDUCATION REFORM

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States.
United States students do not rank well compared to their peers from other countries. Achievement gaps also exist between children from different ethnic groups and between affluent and low-income students. Are the schools at fault or are other issues to blame? What changes in funding, regulations, standards, or support for our schools will bring better results? Do we need more teachers, higher teacher pay, uniform teacher standards, and/or smaller class sizes? Will more money for technology improve teaching? Do we need more flexibility to employ and develop different types of schools? Do we need more flexibility within our public schools? What will bring up graduation rates and help United States students compete internationally? How can we prepare and train the future United States workforce? This resolution will provide a balanced field to discuss these important education issues. The affirmative teams will have the ability to critically examine everything from charter schools to online programs to for-profit schools. There is flexibility to argue for or against K-12 in traditional schools versus more specialized schools. Each area of the country has substantially different standards and rules. This topic allows students to examine those differences and how the federal government can improve education across the board. Negative ground includes arguments from traditional policy options such as federalism, States CP, other agent counterplans, solvency deficits as to whether the affirmative is affecting a large enough scope to solve, spending DAs, politics scenarios, etc. Critical literature is also applicable to the wide variety of presumptions within our government and education systems.

 

 

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6A

5A

4A

3-2-1A

Topeka-Washburn Rural

OP-Blue Valley Southwest

Shawnee Mission Bishop Miege

Hutchinson-Trinity Catholic

6A

5A

4A

3-2-1A

Shawnee Mission Northwest

OP-Blue Valley Southwest

Shawnee Mission-Bishop Miege

Lawrence-Bishop Seabury Acad.


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