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10/30/2009 11:01 AM by Ed Panetta

Susan Herbst, chief academic officer for the University System of Georgia, recently wrote an Inside Higher Ed piece and made a strong argument for incorporating the principles of policy debate into a curriculum dedicated to improving the critical thinking skills of students. 

While there are other approaches that have incorporated argumentation into the curriculum, those efforts can be further improved by teaching the principles of debate to students.  Students who are exposed to debate, learn to identify components of a rational argument, methods of assessing evidence credibility, the importance of identifying both sides of a contested issue, and the capacity to listen critically to claims made on both sides of an issue.

10/28/2009 08:00 AM by

The criticism, or Kritik, has been much maligned by its detractors and furiously defended by its proponents. The scope of this essay is not to pick one side or another, but rather to provide an analysis of why the critique fails to persuade and identify some helpful tips for debaters that want to be able to go for the critique in front of a diverse array of judges.

10/25/2009 3:12 PM by

The short answer to this question is: absolutely! There are many, many things that people can get from debating, especially at the novice level. I focus on two benefits of debate that should convince anyone that if they haven’t tried debate, they should.

10/23/2009 6:51 PM by

What is "The Project"? Where does it come from? How can policy teams debate it? The answer to these and some of my thoughts on project debates in "More."

10/22/2009 3:04 PM by

We've launched a threaded comments system that will allow folks to have their own debates about our blog posts. You can not only post comments, but respond to the comments of others.

You can post anonymously if you like, or you can enter your name and homepage URL.  Those will display on the site.  If you enter your e-mail when you comment, it will not display on the site but we intend to deploy a notification system that will let you know when people have responded to your comment or the same blog post you expressed an interest in (or loathing for).

10/22/2009 12:40 AM by

Kritik debate faces a significantly changed set of circumstances from those when I first began debating in college in 1999.   At the great risk of writing an old-curmudgeonly account of the decline of kritik debate I want to outline some of where we’ve been, where we are, and where we might be able to go.

10/22/2009 12:38 AM by

Easy way to win more debates: don’t be one-dimensional. Offering tips for incorporating more diverse arguments.

10/21/2009 8:27 PM by

Coming a tournament near you! A new bumper sticker for the Georgia Debate Union. Like it?

10/21/2009 1:03 PM by

It never really existed -- and will soon be gone. Thanks to the first piece of evidence ever written about true "binding consultation". More after the jump.

10/19/2009 7:07 PM by

At the beginning of last summer, the Georgia Debate Union coaching staff made the decision to transition from traditional paper evidence to paperless debate.  There are a variety of reason to make this change, and it is enough of a commitment that having clear reasons is important to keep the project on track.  The purpose of this post is to outline our reasons for implementing paperless debate at UGA.  If you are trying to decide whether paperless is right for you or the debate team you are responsible for, perhaps this will help you decide.

10/14/2009 11:40 PM by

Every year, the St. Mark's tournament has a College Fair that offers college debate programs a chance to showcase their program for prospective recruits. This year, mad genius Len Neighbors has created a very nice brochure insert for UGA.

10/14/2009 01:03 AM by

Highlight is the new underline. For paperless debate teams, its a must. Creating a highlighting macro in Word is easy and will save you hours of painstaking and tedious clicking. Instructions after the jump.

10/13/2009 11:48 PM by

Going paperless changes a lot more about debate than just what materials you bring to the tournament. Almost every facet of the activity—from argument conceptualization to evidence production to in-round execution—will eventually be revamped to harness the advantages and minimizes the limitations of purely electronic debating.