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A New Path: Thaddeus Tague

Ethos has a legacy. I have had the privilege of teaching and debating with members of the “old guard” ethos, so when I sit down to write out my qualifications for this job, I realize how many talented and phenomenal debaters have inhabited this company and I am in awe... read more

A New Path: Emily Rose

Car accidents. Terminal illness. Meeting in-laws. Death. All things less scary than public speaking, as according to the American public. For most, working for Ethos would be a nightmare. Planning presentations, coaching speeches, guiding thought, helping students... read more

The New Ethos

Ethos Community, If you are reading this, first of all, thank you! I will go ahead and address the elephant in the room: Isaiah McPeak the debate deity, has left the building. I get it – you’re probably a tad confused, and cautious about the change Ethos... read more

I’m Retiring From Ethos

Purple Killer Bunnies. That was the name of Ethos for two years before we decided to get a name with some credibility (“Ethos,” get it? Har har). In 2003, when I truly fell in love with debate, I admired debate coaches so much. Never did I think you all might let me... read more

The Pen is Mightier Than the Argument

It was nationals 2016. Going into the tournament, I knew my partner and I had a relatively good chance at breaking. We had been here before, and this time we had strategies against almost every case out there. Almost every case. The only case we didn’t prep at all was... read more

Principled Policy

“Drew, this is TP.  This isn’t LD.  Morals don’t matter here.” I actually had a debater say this to me while discussing a neg strategy.  My approach was to focus on how the US as a world leader has an obligation to act lawfully and obey international norms.... read more

Answer Like an Attorney: Lessons Learned Through Mock Trial

If you have the capability to participate in high school Mock Trial, do it. Don’t wait for college. Although it’s a demanding activity, the life benefits you accrue are invaluable for life. In addition to being the only format of debate that melds argumentation and... read more

Lies of Rhetoric #4: 18 Rules of Disinformation

18 Rules of Disinformation We’ve already examined Informal Fallacies, Formal Fallacies, and how to respond to them. Next, I am going to examine 18 rules of disinformation, taken from Twenty-Five Ways To Suppress Truth: The Rules of Disinformation by H. Michael... read more

Failure is the Best Path to Success

This is it. This is what you’ve been waiting for. The stage is set. You’ve been wanting to debate in finals for two years, and now you finally get your chance. As you walk up the steps to take your place, you can’t help feeling like a champion already. Even though you... read more

Terror Strikes – Practical Tips for Combating Stage Fright

It started the moment my alarm began its song and dance routine, vibrating on the table next to the bed. A spike of instantaneous, high-voltage adrenaline and I shot out of bed and across the room in full panic mode, my fight-or-flight instincts going ballistic. It... read more

My Story: How Debate Prepared Me for a Marketing Career

When I was fourteen, I was a computer nerd. I would grab 1,000-page behemoth books about programming and shred through them. My computery world went upside down when my mom met a fellow homeschool, Christian family at the YMCA: they had recently started up a speech... read more

Lies of Rhetoric #3: How to Address Fallacies

In the past two parts in this series, we’ve delivered a glossary of fallacies for you to use in identifying fallacious argumentation in your next round. However, just calling an argument a fallcy isn’t enough to kill it. So how do you take down fallacies?... read more