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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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Sibling Partnerships: An Interview

This is a discussion with sibling TP partners Ethan and Lexi. Though they claim they aren't exactly a model partnership, they were willing to share a few thoughts on the pros and cons of being paired with a sibling in debate. You'll notice they talk a lot about how...

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Security Notice

Hi everyone, On May 17th, we learned of a security vulnerability in an unused section of our website. We have fixed the problem and as far as we know, no personal information was leaked. Thanks to Prabhakar Damor for finding and reporting the...

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Why Debate is the Best

The debate season is winding down. You probably have only one or two tournaments left. As such, now is a good time for retrospection. Perhaps you barely missed your seasonal goals, or perhaps you met or exceeded them. Maybe you are pleased and happy with yourself, or...

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Speaking to an Audience: The Techniques

Specific/Advanced Techniques and Devices After the last post on more general techniques, this post will focus more on the concrete speech devices you can implement. However, as mentioned before, you don’t want to go overboard with these devices or use them without any...

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Things I Wish I Knew: An Interview

I've known Koryn for two years now: from her first-ever debate camp through her first time debating at Regionals just a few weeks ago. I wanted to talk to Koryn because this year, she and her brother/TP partner Kaleb hit that turning point that always gets me excited:...

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Speaking to an Audience: Setting the Stage

In this post, Harrison discusses some basic principles to keep in mind when speaking to a larger audience. Next time, he'll cover more specific techniques and action steps. Since coming to college, I’ve participated in multiple debate rounds where we invite students...

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Lessons From Abroad, Part 2

This post is a continuation of Joshua's discussion about World School Debate, covering some of its techniques and how they can be applied across debate forms.  Team lines Being the human species, we have a tendency to get off track.  Whether that means forgetting to...

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The Ethos Voting Guide: NCFCA LD 2018-2019

Voting for next year’s NCFCA debate resolutions is still open! Be sure to read our analysis of the TP options, too, and cast your vote before the polls close next week, May 21st. . A. Resolved: When in conflict, rationalism ought to be valued above empiricism. Noah...

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The Ethos Voting Guide: NCFCA TP 2018-2019

The saga continues. We now turn to NCFCA’s proposed debate resolutions for the 2018-2019 season. A. Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reform its policy toward one or more of the countries in the Economic Community of West African...

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The Ethos Voting Guide: Stoa LD 2018-2019

Hopefully, you're planning on making your voice heard as the votes are cast for Stoa's 2018-2019 debate resolutions. Before you do that, though, take a moment to read what two Ethos team members have to say about the LD options this year. If you missed it, be sure to...

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The Ethos Voting Guide: Stoa TP 2018-2019

Ladies and gentlemen, the time has come. Voting for Stoa's 2018-2019 debate resolutions is now open. Cast your vote---but first, take a look at what three Ethos team members have to say about the TP resolutions! The LD voting guide is coming soon. 1. Resolved: The...

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