Archive for the ‘Turner Public Forum’ Category


February PF Topic

January 3, 2011

Public Forum Debate

2011 February Topic


Wikileaks is a threat to United States national security.



PUblic Forum – January 2011 Topic

December 13, 2010

What is plea bargaining?

From Princeton: (criminal law) a negotiation in which the defendant agrees to enter a plea of guilty to a lesser charge and the prosecutor agrees to drop a more serious charge; “his admission was part of a plea bargain with the prosecutor”; “plea bargaining helps to stop the courts becoming congested”

What is meant by the “criminal justice system?”

From’s 21st Century Lexicon:  “A series of organizations involved in apprehending, prosecuting, defending, sentencing, and jailing those involved in crimes – including law enforcement, attorneys, judges, courts of law, prisons.

What does “undermine” mean?

Definition of undermine from Princeton: sabotage: destroy property or hinder normal operations.

What does the Constitution say about plea bargaining?

Nothing. Read the 5th & 6th Amendments to see what it says about criminal trials.



Topic Research Assignment

December 6, 2010

Online Research Day:


Read through the information provided below for your type of debate. Begin your case construction with any of the evidence you need for your case.

Remember to follow your outline:

Follow these outlines even if your sources do not. Always remember to cut and paste WHERE you got the information and its DATE of publication (ex. The New York Times, October 10, 2010).


Policy Debate

Go to Open Evidence and research/cut cards on Disadvantages or other arguments you feel need improvement.


Public Forum Debate

February 2011

Resolved: Wikileaks is a threat to United States national security.

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Lincoln Douglas Debate

2011 January/February Topic


In the United States, juveniles charged with violent felonies ought to be treated as adults in the criminal justice system.

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February Public Forum Resources

January 15, 2010

Resolved: In the United States, organized political lobbying does more harm than good.

National Forensic League Suggested Resources

Pros & Cons of Politics & Special Interest Groups (Lobbying)

What’s So Bad About Lobbyists Anyway?

How Americans Feel About Political Lobbying

Studies Show Banks With Political Ties Got Bailouts

Lobbying & Laziness


January Topics

December 16, 2009

Lincoln Douglas January/February Topic

Resolved: Economic sanctions ought not be used to achieve foreign policy objectives.

LD Debate Central Topic Overview

Office of Foreign Assets Control – U.S. Treasury Department

USA Engage (against economic sanctions)

A User’s Guide To Economic Sanctions – Heritage Foundation

Going Alone on Economic Sanctions Hurts U.S. More than Foes – Cato Institute

Economic Sanctions, Just War Doctrine, And The “Fearful Spectacle Of The Civilian Dead” by Joy Gordon

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Public Forum January Topic

Resolved: President Obama’s plan for increasing troops in Afghanistan is in the United States’ best interest.

 PF Debate Central Topic Overview

A look at Obama’s Afghan Strategy

Obama Afghanistan strategy: More troops in quickly, drawdown in 2011

BBC Obama’s Afghanistan Strategy

Obama’s Afghanistan Strategy Must be More than More Troops

Barack Obama’s Afghanistan strategy is a gamble and the price will be high

The Next Surge: Counterbureaucracy – NY Times

New Afghanistan Rules Of Engagement May Hamstring U.S. Troops

It’s not just the enemy killing U.S. soldiers

The Afghanistan Problem

Stalemate: Why a real counter-insurgency strategy is not possible in Afghanistan–and why politics may be the answer

More information is available under the My Student Resources page. Information is password protected and intended for my students only. Thank you!


December Public Forum Topic

November 25, 2009

Resolved: That merit pay based on student achievement should be a significant component of K-12 teacher compensation in United States public schools.

Resource Articles:

Pros & Cons of Merit Pay for Teachers

ERIC Digest: Merit Pay

Urban Institute Study of Merit Pay Systems

No Merit to Merit Pay

Pair Merit Pay: School Choice

The Problem with Merit Pay

The Good & Bad of Teacher Merit Pay

Bonus Pay Unmerited

Merit Pay Won’t Solve Class Size

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New LD and PF Topics Posted

October 5, 2009

Lincoln Douglas Debate: 2009 November/December Topic

Resolved: Public health concerns justify compulsory immunization.

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Public Forum 2009 November Topic

Resolved: Failed nations are a greater threat to the United States than stable nations.

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