Author: Benjamin Koh

Does Debating Moral Issues Make You Moral? by JP Stuckert

Does Debating Moral Issues Make You Moral? JP Stuckert             We hear that LD debate is “values debate,” but what is the point of having a style of debate that differs from Policy or PF in this way? And what does this claim, which is often made in lay circuits and rounds, say to “circuit” debaters? One way of answering these questions is to consider whether debating moral issues makes students more moral . If this is the case, it could provide a justification to schools and parents with limited resources to devote time and money to LD; and...

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The 2017-2018 Bid List

Congratulations to everyone who bid at Blake and Strake Jesuit! There are now 59 individuals qualified to the 2018 Tournament of Champions. 7 Bids Danielle Dosch- Immaculate Heart (Loyola, Greenhill, Presentation, St. Marks, Damus, Glenbrooks, Alta)   6 Bids Lindsey Perlman- Byram Hills (Yale, Valley, Bronx, Scarsdale, Glenbrooks, Princeton)   5 Bids Shruthi Krishnan- Greenhill (Grapevine, St. Marks, Meadows, Apple Valley, Glenbrooks) Muhammad Khattak- Lake Highland (Yale, Valley, Bronx, Apple Valley, Glenbrooks) Jaya Nayar- Harvard-Westlake (Loyola, Greenhill, Meadows, Damus, Glenbrooks) Conal Thomas-McGinnis- WDM Valley (Greenhill, Blue Key, Apple Valley, Badgerland, Glenbrooks) Ishan Bhatt- St. Andrew’s Episcopal (Greenhill, Valley, Holy Cross,...

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Announcing NSD Briefs!

Check out NSD Briefs by clicking here! NSD is pleased to announce an exciting new debate briefs project. NSD’s briefs are a bit different than the ones with which you are probably familiar. Unlike other briefs, NSD’s briefs aim to give you resources and knowledge to help you win debates using a type of argument or position. To name a few examples, we have entrees on black nihilism, post-humanism, Wittgenstein, and borderlands. Accordingly, our briefs don’t give you an overview of the stock arguments on the current topic. Instead, they teach you how to construct arguments from a diverse...

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The 2016-2017 Bid List (USC, SWDI)

82 have qualified to the TOC. 52 have 1 bid. Congratulations to Alexandra for qualifying to the TOC! This concludes the regular season. Congratulations to Harrison’s Raffi Piliero and Peninsula’s Jonas Le Barillec for being the individual bid leaders for the 2016-2017!   Congratulations as well to Harvard-Westlake for being the Team Bid Leader for the season! 11 Bids-  Raffi Piliero- Harrison (Greenhill, Valley, Bronx, Apple Valley, Scarsdale, Glenbrooks, Princeton, Newark, Harvard-Westlake, Emory, Harvard) Jonas Le Barillec- Peninsula (Greenhill, Voices, St. Mark’s, Meadows, Damus, Glenbrooks, Harvard-Westlake, Emory, Stanford, Berkeley, USC) 10 Bids Evan Engel- Harvard-Westlake (Loyola, Greenhill, St. Mark’s, Glenbrooks, Alta, CPS, Emory,...

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Announcing NSD Classes! Counterfactuals with Kris Wright- Hosted by Wesley Hu- Class 1 of 3

NSD is excited to announce its new podcast series, NSD Classes! The National Symposium for Debate is foremost a collective of educators, and we’re excited to provide NSD Classes as a free educational resource. Hosted by Wesley Hu, in each NSD Class, one of our instructors will teach a debate concept over the course of 3 episodes (classes). In our first class, NSD Senior Staff and Middle School Institute Director Kris Wright will be teaching Charles Mills’ Counterfactuals! Resources for the course are available below. We will be answering questions on air, so any questions or suggestions for other classes...

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