There are two persuasive approaches to deciding the order of contentions.Read More
We’re breaking down the most common myths in LD value debate. Here’s part 1.Read More
Plan: The judge will set himself on fire and jump off a cliff.
In the current Stoa resolution, this is the obvious front-runner value. But not all justice is created equal. Here are eight possible definition types.Read More
Academic debate offers resolutions with three different kinds of claims: value, fact, and policy. Understanding the difference between them allows you to craft your case with precision, and deliver your advocacy with accuracy.Read More
Logically, the first step to prove a resolution is to...Read More
Most economics classes begin by explaining the problem of...Read More
A good value meets three standards...Read More
In the last post, I talked about Reference Points: a way to identify the starting point of any explanation.
The second step, logical chronology, tells you how to take your audience the rest of the way.
Logical Chronology is the act of presenting ideas...Read More
There are two basic tools that make explanation possible. This post covers the first one:
Reference points are things that two people already know, like a shared language. This post is written in English, because I know that’s what you speak. If it were written in Swahili, it may still contain useful information, but it would probably be useless to you.
Beyond language...Read More
Many policy debaters treat evidence like rare silver, to where having more of it makes the case more valuable by default.
"I have 17 pieces of evidence in my 1AC!"
As a result, many policy cases are written with a primary emphasis on...Read More