Author: Benjamin Koh

A Strategic Response to Resource Disparity- Stephen Scopa

A Strategic Response to Debate Privilege Recently, I have noticed a dramatic increase in the number and presence of large prep groups and coaching squads that have begun to dominate the national circuit. While dominant programs will always exist due to resource disparities and simply better programs such as Lake Highland or Valley, my specific interest is in the problematic increase of a system that has come to reward more than just good programs, but deep wallets. In response to these groups of debaters and coaches that have pushed debate toward a pay-to-play system, I find it beneficial to...

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The Monetizing of Interscholastic Debate Competition by Dave McGinnis

The Monetizing of Interscholastic Debate Competition by Dave McGinnis Yesterday I received an email announcing the new “Victory Briefs Squads” program. Like “Debate Drills” before it (and Capitol Debate before that), “Squads” is basically a subscription service for coaching and membership in a club team. For kids who can afford it (and for those who receive some portion of an unspecified amount of financial aid that is available), “Squads” will provide groups of students with a quasi-team experience. The rise of privatized debate education has roughly tracked the push to privatize other public goods, including education generally. And while...

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Protected: 2018 Elective Interests

Welcome to NSD! We’re excited for you to join us this summer! In order to tailor the elective offerings to the needs of our students, we’ve created this form for you to express which potential elective will interest you. This is NOT an elective signup sheet. Instead, this will help us choose which electives to offer. Below are the potential elective offerings. Click “Yes” if you would be interested in attending. You may click “Yes” on as many or as few as you like. Below each offering is a space that says “Hover for Description,” where you can learn more about that elective. Ari and Sam Azbel: "The Azbel Charm: Perceptual Dominance and How to be a Savage in Cross Ex"YesHover for DescriptionAri Azbel, Muhammad Khattak, and Matthew Chen: The Perfect 2NR YesHover for DescriptionAri Azbel and Muhammad Khattak: How to LARP With Little Prep YesHover for DescriptionGrant Brown: Critical Interrogations: Arguing the One-Off KritikYesHover for DescriptionGrant Brown: Édouard Glissant: Postcolonialism, Anti-Blackness, and PoststructuralismYesHover for DescriptionGrant Brown: War Machines, Collective Equipment, and Ecosophy: Interrogating Politics and Society with Felix GuattariYesHover for DescriptionGrant Brown: Being Affirmative or: How I Learned to Love Losing the FlipYesHover for DescriptionGrant Brown: Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari: An Introduction YesHover for DescriptionAdam Brown: Beyond the Flow: Debating Representations and MethodsYesHover for DescriptionAdam Brown: Domination, Will, and Structure: An Introduction to Popular Theories of PowerYesHover for...

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The NSD Experience: Mentoring

Welcome to our series on the NSD experience. Here at NSD, we believe our curriculum offers students the opportunity to pursue their debate passions while fostering a comprehensive understanding of technical skills and academic scholarship via a myriad of different methods. In each of these articles, we will highlight an aspect of our curriculum from the view of both the instructors and students that have experienced it. For more information on the NSD pedagogy, check out our website at www.nationalsymposiumfordebate.com. The Mentoring System West Des Moines Valley coach and NSD staff member Trent Gilbert: The mentoring experience at NSD...

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