[eDebate] At - Francesco Esposito -III -
debate at ou.edu
Tue Apr 26 21:10:39 CDT 2005
<<This still does not prove that resolution size had anything to do with it,
like I said before, this is the same logic used to prove the following:
A. Detroit Has High Potato Chip Sales and High Instances of
B. Shelby Township has lower potato chip sales and lower instances of
prostitution then Detroit
C. Therefore, potato chip sales cause prostitution >>
That is probably as important to you as school participation.
<<< This is why it is a scientific fallacy, particularly when dealing with
statistics, to attempt to establish CAUSATION with weak correlations. These
numbers don't answer education budgets plummeting and gas/airfare costs
increasing since 9/11, making program funding and traveling difficult,
expensive, and impossible for some programs. Kelly also mentioned poor
administration, shifts to other types of debate, lack of student interest,
and some other reasons participation could have decreased in that time
period which are just as likely (in my opinion more so) to have a
correlation to program strength then resolution size.
Francesco Esposito >>>
And guess what, I agreed that other factors may contribute to the decline, but what was happening when it was healthy?
Thanks for your opinion. Now, prove to me your model increases debate participation.
I claim is was really large because of broader resolutions that created a more level playing field.
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