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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

Blog Help Wanted!

Hello Debaters and Alum! We’re taking on some new interns. Over 50 alum have been able to use an Ethos position on their resumes for college and jobs, and earned excellent recommendation letters and experience in the process. If you’re interested in learning by doing... read more

3 Handy Tips for Nonverbal Communication

From the moment you walk into a debate round you are communicating with everyone in the room. Everything you do matters, your dress, your posture, your expression, and especially your body language. Because even before the first line of your first speech the judge has... read more

What to Do About Balanced NEGs in LD?

I have an important question for you concerning this year’s resolution. I have several debaters who just switched to LD and are arguing the resolution about education and practical skills. They are taking a balanced negative stance that both practical skills and a... read more
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