The Connecticut Middle School Debate League will hold two scrimmages in November:
- Bethel Middle School, Monday, November 10
- Smith Middle School in Glastonbury, Wednesday, November 12
We expect schools will choose to attend one or the other, as they are located at opposite ends of the State.
These will be after school events, beginning at approximately 4PM and running until approximately 7PM. Each scrimmage will feature a demonstration debate by experienced high school debaters from the Connecticut Debate Association, after which the middle school debaters will have two practice rounds, where they will debate in favor of the motion during one debate and against the motion in the other.
The topic will be whether or not schools should be permitted to discipline students for their conduct outside of school: think cyberbullying, postings on social media, parties, substance abuse. We are still working on the exact motion, but this should give you something to work with in the mean time.
The format of the debate will be the Parliamentary format used by the Middle School Public Debate Program. You can access our short description of this debate format here, where you will also find links to other web sites with more detail.
If you wish to attend, please signify your interest by sending an email to email@example.com . We simply need your name, the name of your school and your email address (which we will add to our mailing list). We will notify you of a more formal registration process to enter your debate team names as we get closer to the date of the event. You may also use the email address for any questions you may have.
This is our first event for middle school students. We look forward to a great turnout!