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Get Coaching for Nationals!

Ethos: The one-stop shop for all your Nationals fears. Ladies and Gentlemen, the great annual hunger games are finally upon us: Speech and Debate Nationals. No matter what league you’re in, you probably are already busy prepping for the biggest tournament of... read more

The Ethos Guide to the 2017-2018 Stoa Policy Resolutions

Monday, we covered the new Stoa LD topics. Today, we’ll analyze Stoa’s choices for the new policy resolutions. Remember, you can view all the proposed topics for voting here! In the last post, we organized it by resolution. But our policy analysts all took... read more

The Ethos Guide to the 2017-2018 Stoa LD Resolutions

They’re hot off the presses! Ladies and Gents, the voting options for the 2017-2018 Stoa debate season are here! As always, the Ethos team is here to give you a guide for voting. In this post, we’re checking out the new LD options. We’ll have the... read more

What A Trophy Never Gave Me: Lessons From Losing

Editors Note: This article was written by Ethos Associate and Coach Mikayla Simpson. Mikayla was trained by Isaiah for most of her debate career and continues to embody the spirit of Ethos at Union University in Tennessee. This was it. This was the heart-throbbing... read more

Top 5 Tips for Debating Complicated Affs

Have you ever lost to a case simply because your audience didn’t understand what was happening? If you’ve debated for any time at all, chances are your answer is an emphatic yes. Complicated cases are as abundant in number as they are frustrating to hit. But it... read more

The Green Nametag: Understanding Alumni

We all know what the green nametag means. I see it in the hall, or on the way to a round. They’re wearing it casually, with their jeans and their converse and their casual pullovers. The green nametag. It means they know the drill here. It means they’ll be able to see... read more

Splitting the Neg: How, Why, and When to Use and Counter

(Editor’s Note):  Ethos has been a long-standing proponent of shell and extend and continues to teach it as the preferred negative strategy and for the most part advocates against splitting the neg. Early in the article, Harrison links to all the times that... read more

Becoming a Better Listener

The cornerstone of communication. The one ubiquitous activity of which mastery is essential for everyone. The life-skill that is paramount to “Win Friends and Influence People.” What is it? Listening. Just like listening is crucial in life and day-to-day... read more

A Manifesto for Debate Training: Not What, But Why

Editor’s Note: As Isaiah steps down as CEO, Head Coach, and Leader of Ethos, it seems rather prudent to publish this post, which embodies everything Isaiah taught and will continue to teach. This idea of teaching with a lens of “But why?” continues... read more

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