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Summary: This year’s resolution calls our attention to higher education policies. This article explains the history of higher education in the United States.
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About "History of Education"
Policy debaters must have a solid understanding of the history of the year’s topic of study. The purpose of this article is to give competitors the underlying knowledge of that history while relating it to the following resolution:
“Resolved: The United States should significantly reform its policies regarding higher education.”
This year’s resolution calls our attention to higher education policies. “Higher education” refers to instruction or training provided to students after they have finished high school. It can include community colleges, two-year junior colleges, private colleges and universities, state-owned universities, the U.S. military academies, privately operated for-profit universities, law schools, medical schools, theological seminaries, and vocational training or certification programs. It’s a topic that will be of great concern to a large percentage of homeschool debaters in the next few months or years, as you complete your homeschooling and consider what and whether to study after your high school education is completed.
The resolution is not specific about the actor who is to carry out the reforms suggested in its wording. By not naming which governmental agent or actor is topical, the resolution leaves the door open to the federal government, the states, or even some combination of both. This may be the first time in your debating career you have encountered a resolution allowing action at the state level, so don’t be surprised to hear cases mandating that state legislatures vote for the Affirmative plan. Since a very large percentage of students attend institutions operated by the states, it is normal to expect the states to be involved in many Affirmative plans this year.
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