The Things Competitive Debate Teaches

The Things Competitive Debate Teaches

I judged a debate tournament on Saturday. I enjoy debate because of the creativity bred by its constraints. While talking with other judges, I tried to explain what motivated my decisions. What kind of arguments typically won? What debaters tended to make those...

No Numbers!

“Nathanael, no numbers!” It was my first year in¬†business school, early in the first semester. I was so excited about my newfound Excel and math skills. In every class discussion, I tried to present my numbers and an innovative formula. In every class. In...

Real World Debate, Part 3: Communicate Clearly

I judged PHC Debate Camp’s tourney this year. After two rounds, I was known, apparently, as ‘that judge.’ The judge that requested a team argue in rhyme and told another team to argue alliteratively. Part of this was pure malevolence. More than that,...