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How to Run and Coach a Debate Club

  Isaiah McPeak posted in 2015, showcasing 4 different case studies of how to start a club. Two of those models, I ended up coaching long after he had moved on. I helped coach the PHC BP team, as well as Vector Debate (for 2 years). This post, however, is...

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How Much Passion is Too Much?

Passion can be a cornerstone for an effective or persuasive speech. Many speeches on certain subjects don't need it, but many do. It's a hard delineation to find. If you've ever seen a speaker with too much passion, you know how easy it is to become quickly annoyed. A...

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The Most Watched TED Talk Ever

All things considered, competing in debate was one of the highlights of my high school and college experience. Sparring intellectually was only part of it. The most helpful part, however, was learning to read, analyze, and persuade people through written or verbal...

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Isaiah McPeak is Coaching Again!

Hello Ethos Family, Go ahead and recall the best debate round you’ve ever seen. Or even better, recall in your head one of the several orators that you idolize, or maybe a speech that has remained in your memory since you heard it first.  Ever wondered if it would be...

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Topic Analysis: NCFCA LD Resolution 2018-19

Resolved: When in conflict, governments should value fair trade above free trade. Trade, especially when it has gotten freer, has empirically tended been one of the most beneficial economic processes in the past few millennia. But to skip the flowery review of...

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Topic Analysis: NCFCA LD Resolution 2018-19

The NCFCA LD resolution for the 2018-2019 season has been announced: Resolved: When in conflict, governments should value fair trade above free trade. Since it’s useless to cry over spilled milk, I’ll ignore that this is a very very very bad (policy) resolution....

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Topic Analysis: Stoa Team Policy Resolution 2018-19

This post is a guest post from one of our 2018-19 sourcebook authors Jadon Buzzard. Take a look at the resources, and use his knowledge to help prep for the upcoming year! I know what you’re thinking. “Oh man, the 2018-2019 Stoa team policy resolution dropped like a...

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Toward a Student-Driven Debate Pedagogy

There are several schools of thought regarding debate, each offering a more or less comprehensive view of theory, strategy, and persuasion. Each insists the others are misguided in one or more significant ways, and compromise between the schools is uncommon....

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A Blast From the Past: Think Outside the Box

Whenever I come into conversation with a parent or student who wants resources to "get better" at debate, among many recommendations, I tell them to take a gander at the Ethos blog. If you have the time to scroll and scroll, it goes way back and contains a veritable...

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Stoa LD Topic Analysis Part 3

. If you haven’t already, please check out Part 1 and Part 2 of Ethos’ Stoa LD 2017-18 topic analysis! You’ll understand some key observations and definitions in the resolution Criminal Procedure should value truth-seeking over individual privacy. Part 3 will be...

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Topic Analysis: Stoa LD 2018-2019, Part 2

This is Part 2 of a series on the new Stoa LD resolution: Criminal procedure should value truth-seeking over individual privacy. Be sure to check out Part 1 for some context. Definitions can make or break your case, so it’s important to have them rooted in the...

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Topic Analysis: Stoa LD 2018-2019, Part 1

This will be the first in a series of topic analyses Ethos is bringing to you—I’ll be breaking down the Stoa 2018-19 LD topic, addressing key definitions, areas of conflicts, and providing basic resources and arguments to jumpstart your research. I’ll start with basic...

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The Official Ethos Approved Book List

Ethos Debate has been around for a little longer than a decade now, if my math is correct. Through teaching about a hundred camps, judging thousands of rounds, and coaching tens of thousands of hours (and a dozen national champs), we have a few books that just might...

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Outside of Debate: Start With Reasons, Not Conclusions

I’ll be honest: sometimes, I’m just as guilty as the next guy. Once, it was because I had a looming deadline and no inspiration for a topic. Once, it was because I realized that taking one side would make it easier to crank out a paper. Once, I forgot that I had a...

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