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Middle Schoolers' Debatabase: 75 Current Controversies for Debaters
Rhiannon Bettivia and The National Forensic League
Available through store
An invaluable resource for middle school debaters, this book provides background, arguments and resources on 75 debate topics in areas as diverse as business, science and technology, environment, politics, religion, culture and education.
- Cell phones in schools
- Dress codes in schools
- Banning plastic bags
- Making cigarettes illegal
- Drilling for oil in national parks
- Banning factory farming
- Implementing a junk food tax
- Increasing the driving age
- Moving the United Nations headquarters
- Negotiating with terrorists
- Extending the school day
- Repealing the Second Amendment
Each entry presents: the topic; and introduction placing the question in context; notes about how to address the debate; arguments pro and con; sample motions; and web links for further research. Organized in a handy A-Z format, the book also includes a topical index for easy searching.
Rhiannon Bettivia began her debate career in England by starting a debate group in Cambridge that earned the right to debate at the famed Oxford Union. In college, she debated for the parliamentary team at Columbia University. Ms. Bettivia carried her commitment to debate into her professional career, helping to start a middle school parliamentary debate league for which she has worked as both a tournament coordinator and expanded as the president.
Idebate Press is IDEA's publishing arm. We publish books for middle and high school students, their teachers, and for the general reader on debate, debating styles, rhetoric, and critical thinking. We also publish edited collections of essays on current affairs. Unsolicited submissions are welcome, as is the work of first-time authors. We consider submissions year-round on a rolling basis.
If you are interested in publishing with Idebate Press, or editing a contributed volume, you may submit a proposal, sample chapters, or a full manuscript for consideration.
To submit material, please email Jackson Tucker. Include a cover letter and CV. Electronic submissions are preferred; however, you may also send to: IDEA, 105 E. 22nd Street, Suite 915, New York, NY 10010, USA. Average response time to submissions is two months.