First Debate Resolution For Teams 5 And 6

Topic C Resolved: College students' evaluations of their professors are a useful way to assess professor effectiveness, and should be taken into account by the university when considering faculty for promotion.

Rate Your Professor.
At the end of each academic term on many U.S. campuses, students complete evaluations of their course instructors. It is a process that has been criticized for years, and yet it shows a very common desire: to find an effective way to weed out the bad apples.
Are college students’ evaluations of their instructors a useful way to assess professors?

Team 5 takes the affirmative
Team 6 takes the negative


4 minute Team 5 presentation of argument for
4 minute Team 6 presentation of argument against

1 minute prep

4 minute rebuttal Team 5
4 minute rebuttal Team 6

3 minute position summary Team 5
3 minute position summary Team 6

To Prepare

  • I expect 100% participation – you must all speak. How you divide the tasks are up to you as a group.
  • Look for the four strongest arguments for your position and then find your support. Organize your strategy and back up your case, people.
  • Then, think about the strongest counter-arguments and prepare your defense.

resolution adapted from New York Times' Room for Debate

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