To assist novice policy debaters in learning debate, the Wisconsin Debate Coaches’ Association has developed a list of novice topics and has compiled resources related to these topics.
2017-18 Novice Packet Files
Additionally, the WDCA has adopted the following rule for all novice policy debates:
(1) Plan texts in the novice division are restricted to those in this official list. Until a date determined by the Executive Committee (November 1), teams are limited to the arguments presented in the packet, and the counterplan(s) may not be run.
(2) The use of kritiks is not permitted. In the event that a negative counterplan text is presented from outside the novice packet, the judge should not consider that argument in their decision, regardless of whether the issue is raised in the debate. If the affirmative team presents a plan that is not found in the novice evidence packet, or if the negative team presents a kritik, they should receive a loss. It is not required for the opposing team to make this claim to the judge. Judges must know what the approved texts are and should give a loss and notify the tabroom of any infraction.
(3) Tournament directors should enforce these novice evidence packet restrictions.
The list for 2017-18 is:
1. The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding of elementary and secondary education in the United States through Title I, Part A, of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and create an equitable formula for distribution of funding that targets concentrated poverty and provides extra resources to states that adopt a progressive education funding formula.
2. The United States federal government, including the Department of Education and Department of Justice, should impose, fund and enforce disparate impact regulations on K-12 educational institutions receiving federal financial assistance, including a presumption against a school system’s choice to assign students in a way that would lead to racial isolation, when non-isolating steps are available.
3. The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding of secondary career and technical education, including increasing formula grants distributed to states, establishing of a CTE Pathways Trust Fund, and expanding Social Innovation Financing.