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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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What Games Are: The Win Imperative | TechCrunch

Posted on August 4th, by Sarah Spring in Debate Pedagogy. Comments Off on What Games Are: The Win Imperative | TechCrunch

UH Debate knows a little about the win imperative..

In short, it’s about winning. All games are played to win.

via What Games Are: The Win Imperative | TechCrunch.


Slate Series on the Value of Competition

Posted on August 1st, by Sarah Spring in Debate Pedagogy. Comments Off on Slate Series on the Value of Competition

Tech giants, bone wars, and sports franchises: a special series on the greatest rivalries. – Slate Magazine.

“As Shakespeare once told us, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” And some, he might have added, rise to greatness because of the presence—and the provocations—of a worthy rival. In a series of articles over the next few weeks, Slate will explore how competition makes the best even better, driving creativity, innovation, and sheer bloody-mindedness in a race to the top.”

Reminds me of my earlier point about gamification and debate.


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 »



Debate is a Game

Posted on July 25th, by Sarah Spring in Debate Pedagogy. 1 Comment

Re-post from HoustonDebate on medium.com:

I’ve recently been putting together curriculum for next week’s Houston Urban Debate League (HUDL) summer workshop and I’ve been looking for new ways to teach debate to students who are encountering debate for the first time.

The amazing part of debate, even to outsiders, is the passion and enthusiasm it creates in students for even the most arcane and complex topics. High school students spending hours researching the history of US foreign policy towards Latin America? Yes, it happens. Competitive debate somehow motivates students to learn even the most impenetrable subjects. How? Competition. The thrill of the game creates highly engaged students because they want to win.

But the impenetrability of the material is also the problem.Novices are often overwhelmed by the amount and complexity of debate jargon in addition to the difficult content of the topic that they are … Read More »


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 »


Flow Along | GSQ @ MGW

Posted on July 8th, by Sarah Spring in Debate Pedagogy. Comments Off on Flow Along | GSQ @ MGW

Flow Along | GSQ @ MGW.


What do you think

Posted on June 26th, by Sarah Spring in Debate Pedagogy. Comments Off on What do you think

Dewhurst declares abortion bill dead, blames ‘unruly mob’

Really liking Branch – hoping it will catch on…


Dallas Urban Debate Alliance

Posted on June 26th, by Sarah Spring in Debate Pedagogy, High School Debate. Comments Off on Dallas Urban Debate Alliance

Josh Gonzalez and I just got back from a fantastic week at the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance summer workshop. It was fantastic! The students were amazing (many future Coogs, I hope)! 

The workshop and the enthusiasm of the students and staff were a great reminder of the value of debate and why it is so valuable! Here’s a video we put together about the camp!

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And here’s a link to another video about our lab rivalries!


You Cant Throw A Stick….

Posted on June 6th, by Sarah Spring in Alumni, Debate Pedagogy. Comments Off on You Cant Throw A Stick….

And not hit a debater at the Harris County courthouse…

The title of this post was inspired by a 2007 Houston Chronicle Op-Ed by two UH Debate Alums, Ron Bankston & Barbara Radnofsky.

Debate is preparation for life. Not much more evidence is needed than this 1971 UH policy debate yearbook photo. Check out the interactive version here.

While debate does prepare many undergraduates for law school, the reach of its metaphorical “stick” goes much further.

Yes, UH alums are successful lawyers, honorable judges and mediators, but UH Debate alums, in particular, have excelled in fields outside of the law.  Debate coaches, professors, medical ethicists and on and on.

One goal of this blog is to showcase the accomplishments of these alumni, so stay tuned.

I’ll leave you with the wisdom of UH Debate Alum Linda Listrom – executive director of the National Association of Urban … Read More »





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