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Summary: The “status quo” refers to current policies, essentially what Affirmative teams need to change. In this case, NCFCA debaters need to change higher education policy.
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The “status quo” refers to current policies, essentially what Affirmative teams need to change. Policy debaters must have a solid understanding of the current state of affairs before debating the year’s topic. The purpose of this article is to give competitors the underlying knowledge of the status quo as it relates to the following resolution:
“Resolved: The United States should significantly reform its policies regarding higher education.”
In this chapter, we examine some of the better known and widely debated issues that are currently being discussed in the literature on higher education in the United States. Our goal is not to persuade you to any point of view, but rather to summarize what some of the arguments are so that you have a better understanding of the positions you may find yourself debating this year. This may also give you ideas for areas of research on Affirmative cases you could write or Negative briefs you will need to prepare.
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Coach Vance debated in National Forensic League debate while in high school from 1979-1982. In college, he judged at high school NFL tournaments in North Carolina. A homeschooling dad himself, he realized the growing potential and benefit of homeschool debate and switched over to coaching homeschoolers a couple years later. In 2001, he helped Chris Jeub with bringing The Blue Book to a more advanced level. He has been co-authoring Blue Book ever since.