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Welcome to NSD Update: A Short Introduction

Welcome to NSD Update! This website is intended to provide commentary and educational resources for high school Lincoln-Douglas debate and Congressional debate. At present, our content range for LD debate includes articles on debate theory, relevant moral and political philosophy, in-round and tournament strategy, how to coach LD debate, and …

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Analysis in Congress and the Team Dynamic

By NSD instructor, Alex Smyk Every Congress squad I’ve encountered is really close. We spend absurd amounts of time together, both inside and outside of rounds. That’s part of the beauty of Congress – it’s a social event that is conducive to teamwork. Teamwork, though, sometimes goes awry. The problem …

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Back to Reality

By NSD instructor, Alex Smyk There’s nothing more annoying than hearing your speech and debate teammates making a classroom presentation. More often than not, they turn your English classroom into a competitive round by using their “debate voice” – by bringing the world of forensics tumbling awkwardly into a room …

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Give and Take

By NSD instructor, Alex Smyk One thing debaters don’t think about in a round is how they got there. I don’t mean how they got to an obscure classroom somewhere in Cambridge at the tournament hosted by a certain inferior Ivy League university – I mean how they obtained the …

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