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    A Modest Proposal Involving The National Debate Tournament

    NDT Second Rounds went out recently. This has restarted the perennial discussion about their utility and fairness, as well as the health of the NDT. This time it seems like there are two camps that are extra aggrieved: - A camp that thinks that deserving third teams from a number of schools got the shaft by not getting an invite, thanks in large part due to the cap on third teams.   - A camp that implies, heavily, that certain teams that were accepted to the NDT as second rounds were not

    RobGlass
    RobGlass
    Debate Culture 1

    Site Update!

    Hello all!    We have doubled down on our efforts with Policydb8. Here is what is new:   - New theme: We have made one universal theme for the site to a) establish a singular universal look for the site and b) get a sleeker appearance focused on user experience and readability. We aim to lock down this look for a long time to come and improve upon it. Our previous themes are still available with caveats: being an owner, being a moderator, or reaching a post count of 250. 

    ColinD
    ColinD
    Site News

    Should I Go To Law School?

    I get asked that question a lot by a variety of people — debaters and civilians alike — and the truth is, no one can answer that question for you but you. But (there’s always a “but” isn’t there) there is probably a lot more involved in answering that question than you probably think.   But before we get into the nitty gritty who the hell am I and why am I at all qualified to counsel you on your future career. Well, I am a lawyer by trade, after my own debate career I went to Columbia

    Kathryn Rubino
    Kathryn Rubino
    Debate Culture 1

    Who Are The Most Successful College Debate Programs? A Brief Overview.

    Over the past few months I have been analyzing the voting histories of over 400 active judges on the College Policy Circuit, covering just about every judge who has been to a major national or large regional tournament in the past year and a half. I have posted publicly about some of the insights this brings on which judges have judged the most rounds, and what this can show about how judges behave and the question of judge predictability.         For my latest project I’ve been invest

    RobGlass
    RobGlass
    Debate Theory and Practice

    On Growing Old (In Debate)

    Editor's Note: This speech was originally presented at the Barkley Forum a number of years ago. It is one of my favorite pieces of debate writing, and Les Phillips has honored us by letting us reprint it here, with a few, very minor, updates.     I turned forty in October. I don't feel old, or middle aged, but I don't feel young either. I am a person who counts years. When I see a newspaper article about a new Clinton Administration appointee, or a profile of some suddenly success

    Les Phillips
    Les Phillips
    Debate Culture

    Debate And The Modern University

    Institutions of higher learning all have mission statements and make public proclamations that espouse the value of developing critical thinking skills, creating engaged citizens, and building rigorous educational programming. Policy debate programs help universities meet these requirements like nothing else can. When done well full-service policy debate programs are more academically rigorous than any class students will take, and when combined with an extensive public debate program have the p

    Mike Davis
    Mike Davis
    Debate Culture 1
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