Hello NSDA Gulf Coast!
This year, we are offering the new NSDA event Big Question Debate. The tournament will be held at Banquette High School on Thursday, January 18. Located at 5519 Hwy 44, Banquete, Texas 78339
Entries are due Monday, January 8 at noon.
Big Questions is a debate format supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. High school and middle school students will grapple with complex worldview questions as they debate both sides of the 2017-2018 topic:
Resolved: Humans are fundamentally different from other animals.
Big Questions debating format involves opposing contestants debating a topic concerning the intersection of science, philosophy, and religion. Students can compete as individuals or as a team, this means rounds can be 1 vs. 1, 2 vs. 2, or 1 vs. 2. Topics will address deeply held beliefs that often go unexamined. Students are assigned a side of the topic before each round and present cases, engage in rebuttal and refutation, and participate in a question period. Often, average members of the public are recruited to judge and observe this event.
Please explore the Big Question resources and manual found here: https://www.speechanddebate.org/wp-content/uploads/Big-Questions-Format-Manual.pdf
Your Big Question Debate Committee is
and Dr. Max Thompson
Gulf Coast NSDA