NYC Elementary School Debate Tournaments

Every month during the school year we host an Elementary School Debate Tournament that takes place on a Saturday or After School weekday. Each Tournament offers up to two rounds of speech events as well as two rounds of debate events. Debate Topics are announced far in advance so students and teachers have time to prepare on the monthly topics. Each tournament features at least two different topics. One topic is nominated by teachers, students, and families and voted on by the public. The second topic repeats annually so teachers can plan curriculum in advance.Students prepare both sides of each topic and will be randomly assigned a specific side on the day of the tournament. This way students will learn and appreciate that every topic has different perspectives.  All debaters will receive awards during the Tournament Awards Ceremony. The debate season culminates with our Elementary School City Championships in March. 

October Elementary School Debate Tournament #1 
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Round #1 Topic (Annual): "Students should wear school uniforms." We kick off the school year and Constitution Day (September 17th) with our study of the Constitution and the First Amendment. 

Round #2 Topic (New York City Debate Vote!): our second Tournament topic is selected by the public. Teachers, students, parents, and the debate league nominate topics. Final voting is open to the public. 

November Elementary School Debate Tournament #2

Round #1 Topic (Annual): "Voting should be mandatory." We kick off the November Elections season with an annual topic on voting and the study of elections. 

Round #2 Topic (New York City Debate Vote!): our second Tournament topic is selected by the public. Teachers, students, parents, and the debate league nominate topics. Final voting is open to the public. 

December Elementary School Debate Tournament #3

Round #1 Topic (Annual):  "Technology is causing children more harm than good." We kick off Computer Science Education Week (December 17th - 13th) with our annual topic on the advantages and disadvantages of technology on children. Are students spending too much time on digital devices (gaming, phones, computers, etc). Or is technology providing infinite and free education opportunities for children? 

 

Round #2 Topic (New York City Debate Vote!): our second Tournament topic is selected by the public. Teachers, students, parents, and the debate league nominate topics. Final voting is open to the public. 

January Elementary School Debate Tournament #4
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Round #1 Topic (Annual): "The United States should have stricter gun regulations." In December we continue our study of the US Constitution by moving to the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms.  

 

Round #2 Topic (New York City Debate Vote!): our second Tournament topic is selected by the public. Teachers, students, parents, and the debate league nominate topics. Final voting is open to the public. 

February Elementary School Debate Tournament #5 - City Debate Championships
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Round #1 Topic (Annual): "The United States should end the death penalty." We study issues of justice, crime, punishment and return to our study of the US Constitution by continuing to the 8th Amendment. 

 

Round #2 Topic (New York City Debate Vote!): our second Tournament topic is selected by the public. Teachers, students, parents, and the debate league nominate topics. Final voting is open to the public. 

March Elementary School Debate Tournament #6  - Girls Debate Championships
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The Girls Debate Championships is structured differently then our regular monthly tournaments. Only one all girls team representing each school can participate so that we can have both preliminary and elimination rounds. However, all debaters both male and female are invited to attend the event. We will have workshops, guest panels and other events for all debaters. The Final Round will be held in front of everyone. 

Round #1 Topic (Annual): "Single gender schools are better than co-ed schools." We kick off March Women's History month with the study and discussion of women's history, suffrage, sexism, and how schools can best address. 

 

Round #2 Topic (New York City Debate Vote!): our second Tournament topic is selected by the public. Teachers, students, parents, and the debate league nominate topics. Final voting is open to the public. 

Round #3 Topic: TBA

April Elementary School Debate Tournament #7 - Elementary School National Invitational

Round #1 Topic (Annual):"Junk Food should be banned in schools." We kick off March's National Nutrition Month and School Breakfast Week as well as April's Financial Literacy Month with the study of school bake sales, school fundraisers, school meals, as well as the study of health and nutrition. 

 

Round #2 Topic (Public Vote!): our second Tournament topic is selected by the public. Teachers, students, parents, and the debate league nominate topics. Final voting is open to the public. 

Round #3 Topic (Teacher Vote!): in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4th-8th), a teacher related topic will be nominated and selected by Teachers. 

May Elementary School Debate Tournament #8 - Law Day Debates
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Topic : Law Related Education Topic. We kick off Law Day (May 1st) with an annual topic on law related education. 

 

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