[eDebate] The Merger from Afar
MWBRYANT at aol.com
Fri Aug 31 13:59:00 CDT 2007
Hey, folks, wassup!
Killing time during my Friday morning office hours, I had the sublime
pleasure of reading the interchange with "Swampy" Elliott (a guy I remember as
being much friendlier than he sometimes seems online... imagine someone like
that, will you?)
The temptation to respond was overwhelming. (I know, who cares...)
First, the notion that Tuna was the "genesis" of the merger had me laughing
hard. Check the pre-merger CEDA-L archives. They must be around somewhere.
Tuna proved a good CEDA leader by considering a superior course of action even
though he had argued against it, often and vociferously. "Facilitator" of the
merger is a better way of looking at it. The representative from the NDT
Committee that carried the proposal to Tuna should get a nod, too. Wouldn't you
have loved to be a fly on that wall?
Secondly, CEDA was changing drastically prior to the merger. The year-long
policy topic the year before the merger convinced 90% of folks that the NDT
format was just a better way to debate. CEDA circuits were drying up, though
lower level regional opportunities for novices and JV were still available. The
merger was inevitable. And, now, the foundation of evidence-based team
debate seems pretty strong. Except, those novice regional opportunities seem
limited to certain parts of the country. I understand your pain, Swampy. Face it,
God just doesn't love Louisiana. I'll make a suggestion about that a little
Third, the next big battle is merging NDTCEDA and Parli. I'm wondering when
some kritical hotshots are going to realize what kind of fun they could have
in parli. Talk to Steve Clemmons. Once policy ev debaters and parli debaters
understand and respect one another, encouraging some of the top parli programs
to try evidence debate is not impossible. But, it'll probably require policy
ev debaters to try their hands at some parli. There are legitimate
challenges to doing both forms of debate. I applaud Tuna for starting to promote
international parli formats. Once again, Tuna proves that sometimes it's time to
change your perspective. (Admittedly, his metamorphosis has been taking place
for several years, at least since his institute started including a separate
parli section.) What are you current timeline projections, Tuna, for being
World Debate Czar? See, you didn't really need access to those Soros funds,
after all! You transcend money!
Overall, I think debate's doing OK. From out here in the bleachers, there
are strong and weak areas, but the overall quality and quantity seems fairly
good. There might be need for some more major JV and novice tournaments in the
deep South and Mountain West. I hope your parli debaters come back, Swampy. I
hope you'll let them persuade you to take them to a few parli tournaments due
to the shortage of policy ev tournaments in your area. I promise you they'll
get a valuable educational experience. Have you considered any NFA LD?
There's considerably more of that in your area. Way to go buddy, you're still out
there plugging for the novii. But, in the end, never rely on a single
organization to give you what you need for your students. Organizations are almost
always a real disappointment. Piece together your own multi-faceted program.
You did OK before, you can do it again. Hell, I've even known people that
made I.E.'s educationally competitive, though admitting that is extremely
Congrats to everyone out there on the start of another season!
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