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Engage Contrast

Engage Contrast

When you are trying to teach or argue for something—whether in a debate, speech, lecture, or blog article—you should present the points as uncontroversial, perhaps even intuitive (so long as you aren’t being misleading); after all, you want the audience to believe...

Civil Discussion Topics for Thanksgiving

Civil Discussion Topics for Thanksgiving

‘Tis the season for turkey, family, and all the conversations that come from families getting together to eat turkey. At least for me Thanksgiving tends to be a fun holiday and I enjoy visiting with family, but I also have seen how discussions can sometimes get a bit...

Free Briefs and Ethos TP Sourcebook!

Free Briefs and Ethos TP Sourcebook!

Ethos debate is excited to announce that this Saturday it will be releasing both its Stoa and NCFCA TP sourcebooks. We have 18 quality briefs in each sourcebook, that are ready for debaters to use. In order for you to see the quality of the sourcebook, we are...

Tips for Writing General Briefs

Tips for Writing General Briefs

In my previous article, I talked about the benefits of writing general briefs and suggested that taking the time to explore the resolution and brief general ideas can be remarkably beneficial. So, perhaps you’ve decided to write a general brief. Great! But what comes...

20 Practice Parli Motions/Resolutions

20 Practice Parli Motions/Resolutions

We have previously published some articles that have various parliamentary debate resolutions (or “motions,” depending on your league) that we think can be helpful/fun for practice. This article will be an extension of that series, with 20 additional...

The Benefits of General Briefs

The Benefits of General Briefs

We’ve all been there before: It’s the start of a fresh season of speech and debate, you’ve begun building your affirmative case, and you’re itching to begin prepping negative briefs against your biggest opponents. The only problem is, you don’t know what they’re...

Drawbacks of Punishment (Parli Matter Loading)

Drawbacks of Punishment (Parli Matter Loading)

In the previous article on this topic of punishment, I covered some of the purposes/benefits of punishment; this article will discuss the opposite issue: drawbacks. Introduction (and topic applicability, briefly repeated):  As noted in more detail previously,...

Parli Matter Loading: Purposes of Punishment

Parli Matter Loading: Purposes of Punishment

Matter Loading? In my college debate club/team we occasionally have “Matter loading” (or “matterloading”) sessions for British Parliamentary debate (BP). In these sessions we talk about a variety of topics that we expect to encounter or use in debate rounds. For...

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Camp exceeded all my expectations. We learned advanced strategies in delivery, case structure, prep time usage, research, and so much more. I cannot recommend this camp enough. Even if you’ve gone to ten other debate camps in the past I promise you will learn many important and applicable concepts you have never even heard of before.
Deidra H.

NCFCA, Lincoln Douglas

Nearly my whole perspective on debate as I knew it was completely reversed, and not only can I defend why I make my arguments now, I am looking forward to having fun doing it! Thanks you guys for an epic camp, filled with high-level, expert debate theory and encouraging, matter-of-fact coaching with Jadon Buzzard, Anthony Severin, and all the rest of the coaches.
Nathanael M.

Stoa, Team Policy

I’ve been doing debate for 2 and a half years now. I’ve always been confused about debate topics and terminology — such as impact calculus, kritics, and DAs. This camp taught me in three days more than I’ve learned in club every single week and more than I’ve learned at any debate event or camp ever. This debate camp has really changed my life and changed the way how I think about debate and how I debate in general.
Justin M.

NCFCA, Team Policy

BEST DEBATE CAMP EVER!! Top tier coaches and great lessons (for LD at least). I learned far more then I have at any other camp. I feel far better equipped to debate at the regional (and hopefully national) level then I did before this year started. Thaddeus Tague was a great teacher for LD. I would recommend this camp to everyone. I can’t express how great this camp was. out of 5 stars i give it 6.
Paul W.

NCFCA, Lincoln Douglas

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