Middle School Labs

Who can enroll?

 Any student who is entering 7th or 8th grade in the Fall 2019 academic year can enroll to be in the middle school debate lab.

What is the Curriculum?

Middle School debate at the George Mason Debate Institute is considered one of the class sections for the Public Forum debate lab. They learn the same curriculum as the high school students, use the same topic, but learn it in an age appropriate setting. Students in the middle school and elementary school labs for public forum have shorter class periods and have a recess during the guest lecture section of the day. 

"Public Forum debate involves opposing teams of two, debating a topic concerning a current event. Proceeding a coin toss, the winners choose which side to debate (PRO or CON) or which speaker position they prefer (1st or 2nd), and the other team receives the remaining option. Students present cases, engage in rebuttal and refutation, and also participate in a “crossfire” (similar to a cross examination) with the opportunity to question the opposing team. Often times community members are recruited to judge this event."

National Speech and Debate Association

Debate Institute