Nearly Famous Becton Debate Team

GOVERNMENT IS TOO BIG AND TOO IMPORTANT TO BE  LEFT TO THE POLITICIANS.  CHESTER BOWLES FORMER GOVERNOR OF CONNECTICUT & YALE GRADUATE

 

Founded in 1990, your Award Winning, Nearly Famous Becton Debate Team is a member of the 18 school Bergen County Debate League.  The BCDL is a Policy Debate League.  That means we debate public policy questions over the course of the season.  Two person teams argue in favor of their plan to fix the problem posed. Once that is done, the team changes sides and argues against their opponent’s plan as too complex, too expensive or too vague.  Some of the most important members of our team are our student judges, who evaluate the debate they have just seen.  Becton Debate works closely with the Carlstadt Public School to involve 7th and 8th graders in the program.

We also send delegations to Yale Model Congress (Fall, New Haven, CT) and Penn Model Congress (Spring, Philadelphia, PA) to compete in Federal Government simulations.  Once we arrive at the conference, our delegates change into their Sunday Best and offer their bills in committee, just like the real, live Congress.  Model Congress has been part of the Becton Debate program since 1993.

We are a great activity to list on your college transcripts and many of our graduates have gone on to college at Harvard, Penn, NYU, NJIT, Muhlenberg, Trenton State and Rutgers.  

All Bectonites are welcome to join so they may "Meet Interesting People and Yell at Them!”

For Students

Mr. Carr
Debate Team Advisor
wcarr@bectonhs.org

Ms. Sass
Assistant Advisor
rsass@bectonhs.org