team debates are common, I prefer open
class debates in which every student participates. Before having
your students debate, you might want to discuss logical
fallacies and misleading statistics.
topics are best if they’re topical and controversial.
An excellent list of topics and readings is maintained by John Kane
on this website: http://www.swcollege.com/bef/econ_debate.html.
are some additional topics, with links to selected readings.
Gasoline price-gougers should be punished.
America should increase the gasoline tax.
America should privatize Social Security.
recycling too much.
Resolved: The government
should require motorcyclists to wear helmets.
Resolved: Schools should require
students to wear uniforms.
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