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Early Childhood Debate Project

Your Assignment



As a group, choose a current controversial issue in the field of Early Childhood Education.  Your group will split into two opposing sides for the debate.  Each group will research and explore in depth one side of the issue. Each side will present a solid argument in defense of their position.  Be prepared to respond to the opposing side and to field questions from the class. 


Some examples of issues to explore are:

  • Teacher tenure
  • Charter schools/School vouchers
  • Security/armed guards in schools
  • Year-round schooling
  • Media use in school/by children
  • Redshirting in Kindergarten
  • School uniforms


Do not feel limited by this list.

A web site to explore some interesting issues is


  1. Written Outline (15 points)

After selecting a topic and positions, each team (pro/con) will write an outline.  Each team will create an introduction and conclusion together for the affirmative and the negative positions.  Each team member must independently research the topic and work together to write your arguments.  You may add more than three details/evidence for each reason.  For each detail, be sure to provide supporting arguments using research from outside sources.  Your team will hand in one paper for each side (pro/con). 

Include a bibliography.  This paper should be two to three pages.  



Debate Outline Format:

  1. Affirmative Introduction
  2. Body
    1. Detail
    2. Detail
    3. Detail
  3. Conclusion/Summary


  1. Negative Introduction
  2. Body
    1. Detail
    2. Detail
    3. Detail
  3. Conclusion/Summary





  1. Debate (10 points)


Your group will be divided into two teams.  Each team will present the side of the issue that they wrote about in the written report.  Your entire group will need to meet to prepare your debate so that you know each other’s points (pro/con).  Each member of the group will have a role in the debate.  


You may use notes during the presentation, but reading word for word from your paper is not acceptable.  This is an opportunity to draw forth and communicate ideas from an internalized knowledge base.


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