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FALL 2000


You will be assigned either a pro or con position for one of the topics we discuss in class.  You are to research and develop a list of points which support your position.  The resulting list should be referenced, and a copy presented to the instructor before your debate.

  • Topic will be debated by one team which agrees with the topic statement (pro), and another team which disagrees with the topic statement (con).
  • The pro team will begin the debate by expressing any number of points that prove their point.
  • The con team will follow using the same format.
  • The pro team will be allowed a specific time period to refute any points made by the con team and/or summarize their arguments.
  • The con team will be allowed a specific time period to refute any points made by the pro team and/or summarize their arguments.
  • A general class discussion will follow each debate.

Topic statements for debate:

  1. Primary physical education should focus primarily on the development of sport skills rather than movement concepts.
  2. Physical education programs should use fitness testing as a means of program evaluation.
  3. Physical educators should use exercise as a form of discipline in their classes.
  4. The emphasis in physical education programs should be competition versus cooperation.
  5. Secondary students should receive exemptions from physical education classes if they are involved in athletic programs.
  6. Physical educators should coach at least one sport.
  7. Secondary physical education programs should focus primarily on Health-related issues rather than sport skills.

( Crown in right of Nova Scotia House of Assembly)

Member to stand and address Speaker
Every Member desiring to speak is to rise in his place and address himself to the Speaker. 1955 R. 18(1) am.; 1980 R. 22; am. 1996.
Time limit on speeches
Except with the unanimous consent of the House, no Member shall speak for more than one hour. 1955 R. 19 am.; 1980 R. 23.
Procedure on point of order
24 (1)
A point of order may be raised by or with the Speaker at any time and, if a Member is then addressing the House, he shall resume his seat while the point of order is under consideration. The Speaker may permit representations which are relevant to the point of order before giving his decision, but his decision on a point of order shall be final, subject only to appeal on motion of which at least two days notice has been given not later than three sitting days after the ruling has been given. 1955 R. 20(1) am.; 1980 R. 24(1); am. 1996.
Irrelevance or repetition in debate
The Speaker or the Chairman, after having called the attention of the House or of the Committee to the conduct of a Member who persists in irrelevance or repetition of his own arguments in debate, may direct him to discontinue his speech. 1955 R. 20(2) am.; 1980 R. 24(2); am. 1996.
Improper language in debate
No Member shall use offensive words against any Member of the House nor shall he speak disrespectfully of Her Majesty the Queen of Canada nor of the Governor General of Canada nor of the Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Nova Scotia. 1955 R. 21 am.; 1980 R. 25.
Limit on speeches by Member in debate
26 (1)
Subject to paragraph (2), no Member may speak twice on a question. 1955 R. 22(1) am.; 1980 R. 26(1).
Right of mover to reply
A reply shall be allowed to a Member who has moved a substantive motion but not to the mover of an amendment, the previous question or an instruction to a Committee. 1955 R. 22(2), (3) am.; 1980 R. 26(2).
Closing of debate by mover of motion
In all cases the Speaker shall inform the House that the reply of the mover of the original motion closes the debate. 1955 R. 22(4) am.; 1980 R. 26(3); am. 1996.
Reading of question during debate
27 (1)
Any Member may require a question under discussion to be read at any time of the debate, but not so as to interrupt a Member while speaking. 1955 R. 24(1); 1980 R. 27(1).
Permitted motions during debate
When a question is under debate, no motion shall be made, except as provided elsewhere in these Rules, other than an amendment to that question or a motion for the adjournment of the debate; and the question on a motion for adjournment of the debate shall be put without debate. 1955 R. 24(2) am.; 1980 R. 27(2).
Disorderly conduct by Member
28 (1)
The Speaker may order any Member who disregards the authority of the Chair or whose conduct is otherwise disorderly to withdraw immediately from the House during the remainder of that days sitting. 1980 R. 28(1); am. 1996.

2. Personal Philosophy

This portion of the assignment asks you to consider all of the points that you heard throughout the debates, evaluate them along with your own beliefs, and combine all of the resulting beliefs into a one-two page statement of philosophy.  This document should be self explanatory, and concise, as members of interviewing committees will read it.  It should also cover what you feel are the main topics that are critical to the field of PE.

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