Presentation on theme: "What to prove and how do I do it"— Presentation transcript:
1 What to prove and how do I do it The Burdens of a DebateWhat to prove and how do I do it
2 What is a burden?A burden is one of the things you need to prove for your side of the motion to be trueIt is NOT a specific argument – burdens are proved by themProp and Opp will have different burdens – Prop will often have to prove all these things, Opp may only need 1 or a coupleIt is still a good idea on Opp to hit as many burdens as possible
3 Why are burdens important That you prove all the things you set out to prove in your speech does not mean you will winYou will often be told another team beat you for fulfilling their “burdens” betterTeams will sometimes try to tell the judge what your burdens are, they often lie about thisThinking about burdens in prep time keeps you relevant to the debateList them during prep on your page and build arguments around proving them
4 Example: THW reintroduce corporal punishment to schools Prop burdens:Chosen educational outcome(s) (academic results, life skills) are importantCorporal punishment is more effective than current methods of punishment at furthering that/those outcome(s)The violence will seldom if ever be excessive (potential for abuse is non- existent or low)Hitting children is a justifiable way of instructingNot Prop burdens:Bad class control leads to bad outcomes in educationBad educational outcomes lead to bad life prospectsTeachers want this power
5 Example: THW reintroduce corporal punishment to schools Opp burdens:Hitting children is never justifiedHitting children leads to poor educational outcomesThe system will be so open to abuse that good outcomes are outweighed by abusive onesNot Opp burdens:Most teachers will not use thisParents will disagree with it
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