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Live from the War Room: Parli Prep in Real Time

Lots of Ethos debaters are at nationals and we’re getting called and texted off the hook. Thankfully, we declined to write resolutions for such a time as this. Take a look at the “mess” of parli prep time, and how a strategy must be quickly formulated… plus what a... read more

A Debate: Principles vs. Examples

There was a disagreement between two Ethos team members: Principles vs. Examples in LD Value Debate. Of course, they handled it with a debate. Joel Erickson takes the side of Principles and Isaiah McPeak argues for Examples. Let us know on Facebook who you thought... read more

The World’s Most Memorable Judging Philosophy

I always tell my debate students that you should absolutely ask your judge at the beginning of the debate round to tell you a little bit about their background, experience, and/or expectations.  But sometimes, a judge’s judging philosophy may leave you more confused... read more

Four Traits of a National-Class Debater

If you’re headed to a national championship or want to take your skills to the national level next year, Isaiah has a few things you can work on. In this vlog, Isaiah tackles the question of what makes a national-class debater. Adopt these 4 traits into your... read more

The Art of Persuasion vs. The Pursuit of Truth

A debate mentor and friend of mine is leaving the debate scene. After several years in debate, and various successes at national championships in several leagues he found that he had become out of touch with the core principle of good debate; the pursuit of truth. In... read more

A New Look at Impact Calculus: The Plant

As has been noted before, impact calculus it is a fantastic tool for both aff and neg, but it is terribly underused. I totally understand; it can certainly get complicated, especially as you get into the long list of (admittedly over complicated) factors like... read more

Why Do You Debate?

Why do you debate? Do you run drills solely to win? Do you spend nights researching so that you can be the last to cross the stage? I know that it’s annoying to be told that trophies don’t matter, but it’s just as frustrating when debaters choose to ignore this sage... read more

Why 5th Graders Shouldn’t Debate

Bright-eyed, bright-minded, bright future. Brae is one of my weekly students. He’s like most of you. Eager to spot logical fallacies, quick to provide well-researched evidence for his beliefs, hopes to become President one day, probably has a real shot. He wants... read more

Building a Better Vocabulary

In my experience, the more captivated I’ve been by a pastor or politician (or debater), the greater their mastery of the English language. Words are the rudimentary elements of communication. Having a varied vocabulary and knowing when and how to use it will give you... read more

Isaiah on Winning Outrounds

In this post, Isaiah addresses winning outrounds. He takes a look at a couple techniques to utilize to increase your chances of winning those tough rounds. This post is especially beneficial for debaters who consistently break, but can’t manage to get past that... read more

Interview with Zachary Slayback

In this post, Isaiah interviews Zachary Slayback, Business Development Director at Praxis, Author of the soon-to-be-released book The End of School, and Entrepreneur. Zachary debated in high school and he explains how the skills he gained in his debate career transfer... read more

1980s Debate Theory is Not “Traditional”

There is a certain “I’m a stock issues coach” coaching persona that is the equivalent of “I already considered everything, made my decision, and am set in my ways.” This persona tries to shut down learning certain argument types, usually out of good motive – keep... read more

How I Stay Energized at Tournaments

Last year I decided to do an experiment. I was curious to see what impact healthy eating/fitness had on my success and energy levels at tournaments. The results were pretty crazy. I found that eating lean and healthy keeps me energized, optimistic, and “on my game” at... read more

Do More Than Name Your Tools

Ever heard normal people frustrated with debate jargon? They’re not the first. Check out this poem by Samuel Butler (best read aloud). We highlighted the cynical crux.   The Logic and Rhetoric of Hudibras  Samuel Butler (1616-1680) HE was in logic a great critic,... read more