Are you new to speech and debate? The following downloads are for you. They contain introductions to various events that the Monument Membership explores. These downloads are updated every summer to prepare for the new year of competition.
Your Basic Downloads Source Material for Season 22:
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Academic speech is a vast and variant world. There are so many different events across leagues that it is difficult to keep track of the opportunities that you can take. That’s what Monument is for, to bring order to the confusion and make it simple to figure out what’s best for you. This preseason document introduces you to the most exciting world of competitive speech.
- Simple Explanation of Competitive Speech
- The Reasons for Speech
- Categories of Competitive Speech
- Leagues and Events for Season 22
- Resources for Members
- Final Note
Download Your Preseason Documents, too:
- July 5, 2021 (Preseason #1) - Competitive Speech
- July 12, 2021 (Preseason #2) - Apologetics
- July 26, 2021 (Preseason #3) - Extemp
- July 29, 2021 (Preseason #4) - Impromptu
- August 2, 2021 (Preseason #5) - Parliamentary Debate
- August 9, 2021 (Preseason #6) - Lincoln-Douglas Debate
- August 16, 2021 (Preseason #7) - First Preseason Policy Releases
- August 23, 2021 (Preseason #8) - Second Preseason Policy Releases
You may still access Season 21 downloads here.
All Season 22 Basic Downloads will be updated by August 31, 2021. They will remain available through Season 22.
Easy Entry to the World of Speech and Debate
All Members have access to the digital copy of Easy Entry to the World of Speech and Debate by Chris Jeub. Download it below or order a hard copy.
- Easy Entry to the World of Speech and Debate (217 downloads)
- Order from Amazon
- Order from ChrisJeub.com
- Order from Monument Publishing
Season 22 Release Schedule
Monument releases content all year long, from one national tournament to another, in what we call "seasons." We are entering Season 22 (2021-2022). For a list of all Member downloads for Season 21, click here. The following is the general release schedule for Season 22:
- End of Season 21 - Officially archived on June 28, 2021. The new Season 22 releases begin July 5, 2021.
- July-August - The first Monument Monday releases July 5, 2021. Basic informational material will continue through the summer (e.g. summaries, resolutional articles, etc.).
- August 30, 2021 - End of the Pre-season, beginning of the official year of Monument Speech and Debate.
ChristmasThanksgiving 2021 (we finished early!) - All foundational downloads are complete! Summaries of all releases are now available.
- Through March 2022 - BONUS material released to members on a more as-needed basis using our Coaching Request Form.
- April-June, 2022 - Qualifier and Nationals Preparation work is arranged...and Monument Members will be prepared to win!
Season 22 Debate Resolutions
Resolutions for Season 22 are posted here as they are announced by various speech and debate leagues.
- Policy (all season):
- NCFCA: "Resolved: The United States Federal Government should significantly reform its policies regarding convicted prisoners under federal jurisdiction."
- NSDA: "Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its protection of water resources in the United States."
- NSDA Vote for Season 23 (Due December 15, 2021):
- OPTION 1 – GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE – Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its support of multilateral greenhouse gas emission reduction regimes.
- OPTION 2 – GLOBAL GEO-POLITICAL CRISIS: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES – Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its security cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in one or more of the following areas: artificial intelligence, biotechnology, cybersecurity.
- Stoa: "Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reform the use of Artificial Intelligence technology."
- NCFCA (all season): "Resolved: In the context of innovation, the proactionary principle ought to be valued above the precautionary principle."
- NSDA releases six resolutions through the year:
- Sept/Oct Novice: "Resolved: Civil disobedience in a democracy is morally justified."
- Sept/Oct Varsity: "Resolved: The member nations of the World Trade Organization ought to reduce intellectual property protections for medicines."
- Nov/Dec: "Resolved: A just government ought to recognize an unconditional right of workers to strike."
- Jan/Feb: "Resolved: The appropriation of outer space by private entities is unjust."
- Next release is due February 1, 2022.
- Stoa (all season): "Resolved: In the field of biomedical engineering, restraint ought to be prioritized over scientific advancement."
- Other Formats:
- Big Questions Debate (all season): "Resolved: On balance, societies benefit from religious belief and practice."
- Public Forum for Sept/Oct: "Resolved: The North Atlantic Treaty Organization should substantially increase its defense commitments to the Baltic states."
- Public Forum for Nov/Dec: "Resolved: Increased United States federal regulation of cryptocurrency transactions and/or assets will produce more benefits than harms."
- Public Forum for January: "Resolved: The United States federal government should legalize all illicit drugs."
- Public Forum's next release is due January 1, 2022.
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