Public Forum Debate


Public Forum will test your skills in argumentation, cross-examination, time-management, and refutation.

March 2012 Public Forum Topic

Resolved: The United States should suspend all assistance to Pakistan.

February 2012 Public Forum Topic:

Resolved: Birthright citizenship should be abolished in the United States.


General resources public forum debate:

Introduction to Public Forum Debate

Public Forum Debate Timing Schedule

Public Forum Rules Handout

Public Forum Ballot Example

Public Forum Debate Case Outline



  1. Good day to all

  2. no i do not think that we shud have a military draft. because how do you know that they would work as hard if they were forced to fight other than volunteer! and what if someone would rather take care of there newborn baby,then go to iraq or some other country to put themselves in danger of death and never see their loved ones again!

  3. i am against a draft…its against our rights and its not fair. those who are ready and want to fight in the military will join the military. im really excited about debating this topic [whichever side i get] and im also excited about this new type of debate:]

    • esbeida and sacora have some amazing points and i agree but when people dont volenteer to join the millitary service and there are no more soldiers what would we do then?? and some people think they would hate the service but maybe once they get in the service maybe they will like it, and will learn to honor and respect what other people do out there.

  4. I don’t know who Esbieda is but i agree 100%.
    Forcing citizens of this united states to fight in a foreign war is a huge slap in the face to our founding fathers.

  5. Hi, everybody!

    I think, that this is a great forum. Very intresting and useful.
    But I can’t find the search function, cause I want faster find the topics that could be intresting for me to express my opinion…
    Please help me with search function on this forum!

  6. I’m so nervous for tomorrow!!!! I think we will all do good though!!!! :]


  7. YES!

  8. Hi all!

    As newly registered user i just want to say hello to everyone else who uses this board 🙂

  9. Some peoples says that you need, other that you dont.
    So how to choice?

  10. Just dropping in to say hi.
    Hoping to learn new stuff on these forums.

  11. by the way the topic for november was changed to, “Resolved: High School Public Forum Debate should not confront sensitive religious issues.”

    (personally the neg or con is much easier for me to debate…)

    this should be a Lincoln-Douglas topic…

  12. […] to follow the Case outline for  (PF Outline)  (LD  Outline) – even if the sources do not – and always remember to cut and paste […]

  13. Great ,Thanks for sharing

  14. Guess what? The new PF topic is up! Resolved: The benefits of post-9/11 security measures outweigh the harms to personal freedom. I think this is great for the September topic, because September will be the 10th anniversary of 9/11, so in a way, this will be giving respect to it.

  15. […] Public Forum […]

  16. resolve: uniforms should be required

    • Resolv: you smell like my grandfather

      • well he must smell like japenese cherry blossm

      • he actually smells like the alaskin winds, oh you want to sing that song tina?

    • no because then we wouldnt be independent


      • yes i happen to be on elane s’s side on that one 😀

  17. Resolve: School should be open campus, and uniforms should not be required ever.

    • i 100% agree because clothes express kids and if they cant do that then they’ll just rebel even more, i know i would 🙂

      • Hello there megan hummel 🙂

  18. jk

  19. Resolved men are better than women


      • AGREED

    • that is such a lie!!

    • Women carry and bear the children. how can men compare to that?
      Women have to go through menstural cycles to be able to have children to repopulate our world. How can men compare to that?
      So my question to you is, how do you conclude that men are better than women?

      • Exactly.

      • True True!!

      • With out men women would be lost without our love and careness

  20. i ❤ p diddy

    • thanks icu


      • wowowowowow shhshhhhhhshhs….!!!

  21. Im very excited to start highschool debate (:

    • then why did u take it

      • haha

      • well thats funny!

  22. the new deebate topic for pf is amazing!!!

  23. Resolve: I have feelings for elaine s

    • oh wow hunter i didnt know you were like that

      • oh but i am

  24. i dont even like elaine that was you jeremy

  25. i looooove elaine so much i think of her when i fall asleep

    • yuo would you creep and this is for debate not personal pleasure. CREEP

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  27. is newyork times a bad website to get information on my case?

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