Policy here to stay

Although some claim that the form of debate is dying out, it is still a prominent sector in other parts of the state as it has been for years.

In response to the quiet rumors of the policy sector of debate being phased out, the members of ‘Policy’ are quick to discount it, discrediting those who claim that there is a steadily declining interest.

“Although it seems that policy is fading out in the Ohio region, all debaters are continuing to keep Policy alive,” Katja M.(12) said.

What makes Policy debate unique is the purpose. Every year, a new resolution is assigned in which every individual round is based upon. After weeks of studying and preparation of plans, they begin to debate with other schools. The teams are not aware of the subtopic until they enter the round, where they are assigned an Affirmative or Negative position to debate.

There are currently 10 members of policy, divided into teams of two, at Oakwood. In comparisons to the whole population of strictly debaters at our school, Policy makes up half.

“It was looking that way at a previous date; however, that was purely speculation, and it doesn’t seem to be the case,” Leo Schenk(12) said.

While Policy has the largest membership of the three forms of debate, they are required to learn how to speed read, spend one to two hours in a single round, and spontaneously implement complex arguments. These skills make it considerably more difficult in comparison to other forms of debate, but has been dubbed as too ‘specialized’.

“It requires a set of skills, however, that doesn’t mean it’s specialized,” Kate G.(11) said.

Along with its popular membership at Oakwood, the form of debate is still alive and well in other parts of Ohio as well as the nation.

Leo S. said, “It teaches you to argue against any possible argument that could arise to question your argument”.

By Megan Reynolds

reynolds.megan@oakwoodschools.org

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