Point inflation and judge ratings

Lisa K. Heller lheller
Tue Feb 2 14:40:58 CST 1999

Another solution would be to CHANGE the rating system. Nothing is stopping
an individual tournament from changing to a 100 point scale, and then
handing out a sheet indicating the STANDARDS for a 90 to 100 rating.

The current rating system is completely inadequate. The small scale does
not accurately reflect the quality of the debaters - it's arbitrary and has
no standards. We demand standards for topicality - why not for speaker points?


"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn how
      to surf."      Zen saying

Lisa K. Heller
Instructor of Speech
Dept of Speech Communication
University of Richmond
Phone: (804) 289-8269
e-mail: lheller at richmond.edu
fax: (804) 287-6496

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