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Ethics Bowl, Part 2: Prepping, and In The Round

In my previous article, I described our usual presentation structure, while also partially discussing Case 1. In this article, I will be focusing on case preparation and research, as well as some communication and teamwork practices. How we prepare The right research...

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Nov/Dec PF Topic Analysis Part 1: Background

Public Forum Debaters, we’re excited to bring you a three-part topic analysis on the Nov/Dec PF topic, Resolved: The United States federal government should impose price controls on the pharmaceutical industry. This is an excellent topic which combines discussions of...

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Debate Metaphors We Live By

Words matter. The way we describe things shapes the way we view them. As a debater, this is fairly obvious. Debate is based on the idea that words matter. But have you considered what words we — as a society, not just as debaters — use to describe intellectual...

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Going Neg: How To Win On Inherency

This is the first post from one of our new team members, sixth-year debater Toby Rivas. Keep an eye out for more practical strategy tips from him coming soon! Debaters have lots of silly quirks--“debaterisms,” if you will. Things like always quoting Ronald Reagan,...

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New NSDA Content: Launching in Three…Two…One…

Hi all NSDA Debaters! For many years, Ethos has provided quality debate coaching to debaters across all leagues. We believe that our method of communication and rhetoric is 1) applicable to every aspect of life, 2) able to foster long-term personal development, and 3)...

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How To Beat A Case With No Prep

This is, hands down, the topic that I cover most as a coach. Every debater, new or experienced, has been in this situation. Listening to the first affirmative speaker (or PRO or GOV or PROP), and recognizing that not only do you NOT have any prepped material on what...

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Ethics Bowl: The First Speech

Our designated MC (master of ceremonies) begins the first speech. “It’s unusual to find issues on which so many different groups, ranging from far-right candidate Marine Le Pen to PETA to Belgian Catholics, agree. Yet in this case, they all tend to agree in...

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Writing In Real Life

On Wednesday, I told you that we're on the hunt for some new Ethos team members. Since then, I've gotten resumes, writing samples--and questions. Questions about Ethos, about the blog, about writing. And as I look over them, I keep coming back to one core idea: what...

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Wanted: Ethos Bloggers

One day in September, I got an email welcoming me to the Ethos team. I’d seen a post asking for applicants, sent in my resume, and landed a spot as a blogger. That was two years ago, almost to the day. Since then, I’ve gotten to see hundreds of posts from other...

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Ethos Sourcebooks Are Here!

The Ethos Sourcebooks are up for purchase! Are you ready for this debate season to get started?? Ethos has a long legacy of publishing only the best content. We put together an all-star team of researchers to do some intensive research for the Stoa and NCFCA...

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Persuasive Inoculation

This post is from longtime debater and speaker Catherine Alles. Catherine competed in TP with NCFCA for 5 years, and qualified to Nationals all 4 years of high school. Look for more posts from her over the next few months! When a doctor injects a patient with a...

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Twenty (More) Practice Parli Resolutions

To improve in Parliamentary Debate, debaters must consistently break down a variety of resolutions across a wide range of subject areas and have high-quality practice rounds. Here are 20 resolutions to jumpstart your practice! This is the only the beginning—Ethos will...

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A Beginners Guide to Debate Ethics and Etiquette

Treat your opponent with respect. Aside from that, what basic rules (do’s and don’ts) apply?  This post applies to TP and LD specific rounds - but also to any debate style or format. Here is a simple starter list of things to be aware of. It is not a comprehensive...

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HUGE Ethos Updates: NSDA, Sourcebook, Coaches, and MORE!

What has Ethos been up to this last year, and even better, WHAT is going to happen next!? This summer, Ethos completed several camps nationwide: we taught more than 200+ debaters and kept the Ethos model rolling. Here are a few things to look forward to this upcoming...

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Why You Should Share Your 1AC – With Everyone

This is an adapted version of a lecture Isaiah McPeak gave in 2012 at debate camps nationwide. As Team Policy debaters prepare for the new debate season this coming fall, the time and thrill of researching new cases will also come full swing. With this time,...

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