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Team Policy Curriculum News & Topic Choices for 2024-2025

We are excited to announce that we will be releasing a brand new Team Policy curriculum this summer along with a resolution-specific workbook for students. We feel like this will be an excellent new resource for coaches, parents, and students to get a jump start on the season.

In order to make the timeline work for producing this resource and eventually a similar resource for value debate, we need to adjust our timeline and approach to seeking your input on resolutions. We would like your vote during the upcoming week on policy debate topics for the 2024-2025 season! Our competitors, coaches, and families spend a great deal of time researching and judging resolutions, so we want to know which general topic area you would most like to learn about next year and gather any thoughts you have on how a resolution might be shaped.

The following three topics have been thoroughly researched by our policy debate resolution team and would allow for a great season of debate.

  • Arctic/Antarctic: The north and south poles represent incredibly important regions for the United States across every area of policy and thus pose a unique educational field of study. Students would investigate ecological, military, trade, and scientific exploration efforts while considering whether engagement or disengagement with other nations is the proper course of action.
  • Central America: Central America is an oft-overlooked region of the world that has geopolitical importance to the United States as its close neighbor. The United States has been involved in Central America for a long time, and because of this, policymakers and researchers alike have long debated the ethics, efficacy, and necessity of US engagement in the region. Debaters would get to learn about some of the reasoning behind the United States’ prominent involvement in struggling nations in general through the lens of Central America by exploring how issues of poverty, instability, violence, and climate crises in other nations interlace with U.S. interests.
  • European Union Defense: This option would be oriented toward learning how the European Union (EU) works from the viewpoints of member countries, not from a US-centric point of view. It would encourage learning about the relationship between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the EU and could explore the possible range of military integration options in Europe across the differing countries.

Why are we voting so early this year and only on general topics?

We realized that in order to sustainably support the ongoing work of producing high-quality resolution-specific content, we need to allow our education and curriculum teams a considerably longer window of time to work than we have in the past. By having our affiliates choose a topic earlier and then refining a drafted resolution based on their input, we can streamline the process and let our dedicated staff and volunteers begin work with more reasonable deadlines.

We realize this change may be a surprise to some of our long-time affiliates and that the input window this year is shorter than we would like it to be, but we are asking for your grace and understanding as we work toward a new timeline that will be sustainable for our teams while still maintaining the excellence in resolution research and quality that NCFCA is known for.

What about Lincoln-Douglas Value Debate topics?

We hope to have value debate resolution topics ready for your input next month. Please watch affiliate news and update emails for the opportunity to vote on those topics.

When will we know the chosen topic and actual wording of the resolutions?

We will release the new resolutions after our Regional Championship tournaments have concluded, and as always, we will allow for some slight modifications of the resolutions based on any additional feedback we receive from you.

How do I vote?

Each affiliate has a unique voting link contained in the Affiliate News & Updates email sent at 1:00pm Central Time on February 14. The same link will be available again in the Monday Affiliate News & Updates email on February 19. The voting form will also allow you to share your thoughts on how each topic could be worded into a resolution.

Voting will close on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, and we will accept one vote per person. We will continue to accept input on resolution wording through March 1, 2024 using the same link.

Thank you for your time and willingness to work with us on a new process and timeline this year!

Sincerely,

Your NCFCA National Leadership Team

Club Support

Visit the Affiliate Resource Library to access our  2022-2023 X-tra Club Resources page to see what’s available.

School Support

Our Christian School Liaison is available to help private Christian schools get started with our league. She’d love to schedule a conversation!

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