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Known Unknowns – Preseason Anxiety and Debate

Posted on August 12th, by Sarah Spring in College Debate, Debate Pedagogy, Debate Topics, High School Debate, Research. Comments Off on Known Unknowns – Preseason Anxiety and Debate

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PreSeason Anxiety? 

Preseason Anxiety can strike at any time. This sufferer has not yet recovered.

August is a tough time for debaters, in both high school and college. Debate camp is over. “Real” school is about to start again. But what causes us to lose the most sleep, more than even what to wear on the first day of class, is the total uncertainty of predicting what this season’s debate topic will bring.



The Real Risks – By David Rothkopf | Foreign Policy

Posted on August 7th, by Sarah Spring in College Debate, Debate Competition, Debate Topics. Comments Off on The Real Risks – By David Rothkopf | Foreign Policy

Interesting piece on Foreign Policy about Risk that has a lot of potential for thinking about this year’s debate topic.

The Real Risks – By David Rothkopf

With each passing day, it becomes even clearer that despite what appears to be a very serious current terrorist threat, the greatest risks facing America come from our own misplaced priorities and mistaken assumptions.

As recently as late last week, I spoke with a very senior administration official — one of the White House’s best and brightest — who forcefully described the significance of America’s successful destruction of “core” al Qaeda. White House spokesman Jay Carney reiterated this point in comments to the press on Monday. But two errors in that assessment have now become abundantly apparent. The first is obvious given that the current alert is reportedly due in part to communications between a still-active … Read More »


Latin America Topic News

Posted on August 6th, by Sarah Spring in Debate Pedagogy, Debate Topics, High School Debate, Research. Comments Off on Latin America Topic News

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HUDL Summer Institute

Posted on July 26th, by Sarah Spring in Debate Competition, Debate Pedagogy, Debate Topics, High School Debate. Comments Off on HUDL Summer Institute

We’re getting excited and ready for the Houston Urban Debate League (HUDL) Summer workshop coming up next week (7/29-8/2)!

Check out some of the resources we’ve put together for the institute:

 

 

Learning Tools –

Memrise Course – Available Here

Evidence –
Mexico Ports of Entry Aff – Improves infrastructure at US-Mexico border ports, advantage: Economy
Mexico Ports of Entry Neg – Answers aff, includes maquiladora turn
China Disadvantage – China is increasing their economic influence with Mexico, US engagement crowds them out, Destroys the Chinese Economy, War

Advanced Evidence-
Relations Advantage Aff/Neg – An additional advantage for the ports aff

States Counterplan – The 50 states (or perhaps the border states) improve border infrastructure, which actually has some evidentiary support.

Topicality – Economic Engagement isn’t Commerical Engagement, the plan is just facilitating Commerce
Trade Promotion Authority Politics Disad – Politics disadvantage at its best. Obama needs political capital to get trade promotion authority (“fast-track”) that’s key to the WTO. … Read More »



2013-2014 Topic

Posted on July 19th, by Sarah Spring in Debate Topics, Team Information. Comments Off on 2013-2014 Topic

Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase statutory and/or judicial restrictions on the war powers authority of the President of the United States in one or more of the following areas: targeted killing; indefinite detention; offensive cyber operations; or introducing United States Armed Forces into hostilities.


Presidential Powers Resolutions – What do you think?

Posted on July 15th, by Sarah Spring in Debate Topics. Comments Off on Presidential Powers Resolutions – What do you think?

Survey here


Camp Evidence Gathered | GSQ @ MGW

Posted on July 8th, by Sarah Spring in Debate Pedagogy, Debate Topics, High School Debate. Comments Off on Camp Evidence Gathered | GSQ @ MGW

Camp Evidence Gathered | GSQ @ MGW.

 Cal National Debate Institute:
Affs
(Lots of other stuff here too) – including “goat cans”

 Cuba – End Embargo, Leadership Adv
Mexico Energy – Renewables, China
Venezuela – Russia, Latin American Instability, Relations (China Crowd out)

Emory National Debate Institute
Affs

Cuba – Both pre-camp and post-camp (much like the term “pre-fiat“)

 UTNIF
 Affs – All zipped here.

Cuba – End Embargo
Mexico – Oil (Transboundary Agreement)

Northwestern Debate institute
Aff – (pre-camp)

Cuba – All impacts (China, Relations, Russia, Drugs, Aliens)

Michigan

Evidence from the MNDI/Classic/7-weeks it not available on the new-fangled “internets”

Affs –
Border Infrastructure Mexico

Text: The United States federal government should substantially increase its United States – Mexico North American Development Bank border transportation infrastructure investment

Text: The United States federal government should substantially increase its investment in United States – Mexico North American Development Bank transportation infrastructure projects

Text: The United States federal government should substantially increase its border transportation infrastructure projects with Mexico

Test: The United States federal government should substantially increase aid to funding … Read More »


Presidential Powers Topic Choices

Posted on June 4th, by Sarah Spring in Debate Pedagogy, Debate Topics. Comments Off on Presidential Powers Topic Choices

“Selecting an official question is not all beer and skittles. It means a lot of work and requires a lot of machinery.” – The Forensic, 1938


Latin America Topic

Posted on May 14th, by Sarah Spring in Debate Pedagogy, Debate Topics, High School Debate. Comments Off on Latin America Topic

The 2013-2014 High School National Forensics League topic has been out for some time, but we’re beginning to think and work on the topic – We’ll be posting resources, links, and the like on this blog as well as cross-posting from our GSQ lab blog at the UNT Mean Green workshop.

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement toward Cuba, Mexico, or Venezuela.

To kick it off, here’s a very cool word cloud that depicts US-Attitudes towards Mexico that is associated with a study from last year on the topic from the National Journal.

Perhaps debating this topic can change change these associations for the high school students who will be researching and discussing these questions in depth!


New Topic!

Posted on May 13th, by Sarah Spring in Debate Topics. Comments Off on New Topic!

Next year’s debate topic area was voted on and announced today! We’ll be debating the implications of Presidential War Powers.

The topic is important, timely and should be very interesting. I’ll be posting here about the topic (among other things) so stay tuned.

 





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