High School Debate Topics

Current High School Debate Topics

Public Forum Debate

NSDA 2015 Nationals

Resolved: The benefits of First Amendment protection of anonymous speech outweigh the harms.


 

Lincoln Douglas Debate

NSDA 2015 Nationals

Resolved: Inaction in the face of injustice makes individuals morally culpable.


 

Policy Debate

2014 – 2015

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans.

2015 – 2016

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially curtail its domestic surveillance.


 

Congress

The NSDA 2015 Congress Legislation Packet can be downloaded here.


 

International Extemp

NSDA 2015 Nationals Topic Areas

  • Africa
  • China, Japan, and Korea
  • Crises and Natural Disasters of 2015
  • Economic Concerns
  • India, Pakistan, Southeast Asia
  • International Political Theory and Philosophy
  • International Relations and Organizations
  • Middle East
  • North and Central America
  • Russia and Eastern Europe
  • The World Next Week
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Western European Politics

 

United States Extemp

NSDA 2015 Nationals Topic Areas

  • The 2016 Election Cycle
  • America’s Role on the World Stage
  • Business and Industry
  • Congressional Issues
  • Education and Healthcare
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Judicial Affairs
  • The Nation Next Week
  • National Defense and Military
  • The Obama Legacy
  • Social Controversies
  • The State of the American Economy
  • United States Political Theory and Philosophy

 

Extemp Commentary

  • American Politics: How The Mighty Have Fallen
  • College Admissions: Methodical Assessment Or Musical Chairs
  • The Justice League or The Legion of Doom
  • The Past Versus The Present
  • Queen Elizabeth II – Long To Reign Over Us
  • Saying Goodbye To Those We Have Lost
  • Turning 50
  • We Don’t Need No Education!
  • World War II, Meet The Year 2015
  • You Have Been Very, Very Bad!

 

Previous High School Debate Topics

Public Forum Debate

April 2015

Resolved: Committing United States ground combat troops to fight ISIL is in the best interest of the United States.


 

Lincoln Douglas Debate

March/April 2015

Resolved: Just governments ought to ensure food security for their citizens.


 

Policy Debate

2013 – 2014

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement toward Cuba, Mexico or Venezuela.

 

 

*The information above was accessed from the National Speech and Debate Association.