The purpose of all three forms of debate in Stoa is to instill in Christian homeschool students the skills of presentation, critical thinking, research, and analysis. This endeavor is accomplished in an environment of honorable competition that cultivates maturity, wisdom, grace, and poise and brings glory to our Lord Jesus Christ.

Competitors, please read the Stoa Debate Rules Executive Summary of changes for each form of debate for the 2023-2024 competition season.

Please also be familiar with the Stoa Evidence Philosophy and Standards.

Parliamentary Debate

Parliamentary Debate is an extemporaneous form of debate with rotating topics that asks competitors to develop and defend positions on a wide range of issues. A Parli debate round consists of two teams, the Government team and the Opposition team, with two competitors on each team. Competitors receive a resolution to debate and are given 20 minutes to prepare for the debate and walk to the competition room.

Parli Rules
Parli Ballot

Team Policy Debate

Team Policy Debate asks competitors to develop and defend competing policy options to address contemporary problems. A TP Debate round consists of two teams, an Affirmative team and a Negative team, debating against each other. Each team is comprised of two competitors.

The 2023–2024 Team Policy Debate Resolution:

Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reform its energy policy.

TP Rules
TP Ballot

Lincoln Douglas Debate

Lincoln Douglas Debate asks competitors to examine competing value systems to answer big questions. An LD round is a one-on-one debate between the Affirmative competitor and the Negative competitor.

10/1/23 – 1/31/2024 Lincoln Douglas Debate Resolution:

Resolved: A free press ought to prioritize objectivity over advocacy.

LD Rules
LD Ballot