Why We Need a Non-Technical National Championship Tournament
Many students enjoy technical debate — spreading/hyper-fast speaking, kritiks, and arguments that favor debate theory over real world knowledge. For these debaters, the existing TOC serves their interests effectively. But other students prefer a style of debate that is more accessible, focusing on general persuasiveness — with arguments, speed, and language that are understandable by normal, engaged listeners. For those students, the current TOC does not serve their needs and interests. Many top teams do not. . .