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Native Bread: Working With Novice Debaters

Jamaica, 1989 “Can you tell me what this is?” She pointed to the odd looking lump in the buffet line. The man behind the counter glanced over, and muttered something in indistinct, accented English. “Mayighf pret.” She frowned. “I’m sorry, what was that?” “Naydef... read more

Contextualizing Debate

Editor’s note: This is the first of many forthcoming posts by our new coach Chris Ostertag! With a ton of experience coaching and debating, Chris has made a phenomenal addition to our team. Like what you read? Schedule a session of private coaching with Chris.... read more

The Sourcebook is Coming: Free Briefs!!

We can’t wait to show you guys what we’ve been cooking up over here in sourcebook central. We’re in the middle of an editing storm right now, prepping the briefs that you guys will be using to expand your knowledge and win tournaments! We finally... read more

Reader Question: Dealing With Burnout

We receive dozens of questions from our customers and love reading through and responding to all of them. We received this intriguing message from a student who prefers to remain anonymous a few days ago, sent it out to the Ethos staff and decided to share their... read more

Concede & Outweigh

In 2010, Domino’s Pizza company was unquestionably on the decline; beset by complaints that their pizza crusts tasted like cardboard, the company’s stock lowered to the same price as a pizza. Today, Domino’s is the second-largest pizza chain in the world, with more... read more

How to Survive as an Alumni

I’m so carefree. As I walk jauntily into the tournament, there is absolutely nothing to fear. I have no speeches to remember; no rounds to stress about. I have no debate boxes to haul around, no judges to impress, and no high heels to worry about. I’m absolutely... read more

How to be the Most Prepared Competitor

The single best way to improve in speech and debate is through practice. Your average competitor takes the first 2-3 fall tournaments to get that practice and fall into the groove. You don’t have to be like them. Ziggy Debate offers 10 online rounds of Fall... read more

Stoa LD – What’s Different Part 1: The Fact Resolution

It’s been four years since Stoa last employed a fact-value resolution for LD.  So most people debating this year will probably have never debated a fact resolution in a value context yet.  And while the overall structure of the debate will be similar (you still need a... read more

Krazy Kritiks

Just the name itself sounds exotic: “Kritik.” Indeed, in the lands of homeschool debate, the mysterious “K” is a creature of great mythology and scorn. However, outside of the welcoming realm of homeschool debate—especially out in the deserts of public school and... read more

Defining Transportation Policy

Transportation policy.  Two simple words.  One simple term.  Easy enough to debate, easy enough to define.  Right??? Nope.  Sorry, hoss. No matter how you search, you won’t find a credible definition of “transportation policy” on the web.  At least, I haven’t.  If you... read more

3 Keys to Potent Persuasion

Recently, I have been thinking more and more about how the skills we learn in formal rhetoric (i.e. debate) transcend the lectern into real-life. Primary among these skills is the ability to market an idea. Whether you realize it or not, we are constantly marketing... read more

Partnership Primer

Friendship. Drama. Romance. Losing. Horror. Fun. Winning. Enemies. Yeah. There are a lot of things a TP partnership can turn into. If you’ve been debating since you were ten, or just started yesterday, one thing you need to know is this: your partner is your greatest... read more

Sourcebook Sneak Peek! Contents, Dates, and Prices

We’ve been teasing the return of our world-class sourcebook for a while now. And we’ve been receiving questions from a lot of you asking, “When is it going to come out?” “What’s it going to look like?” “How much is it... read more