[eDebate] to be more blunt

Josh jbhdb8
Tue Jul 17 12:45:35 CDT 2007

Sounds fine to me, in high school we had something like that way back,


On 7/17/07, NEIL BERCH <berchnorto at msn.com> wrote:
>  The other way to do it would be to have a "normal" resolution along the
> lines of what Tuna is talking about and a super-duper resolution for
> national circuit tournaments.  Same idea, different form of isolation (and I
> would argue a better one).  This would have lots of unintended consequences,
> and I'm not sure off the top of my head how they would balance out (i.e.,
> would it increase or decrease participation in open divisions at regional
> tournaments?  I could see it working either way), but it might be worth
> talking about.
> --Neil Berch
> West Virginia University
> ----- Original Message -----
> *From:* Josh <jbhdb8 at gmail.com>
> *To:* Alfred Snider <alfred.snider at uvm.edu>
> *Cc:* Pacedebate at aol.com ; edebate at ndtceda.com
> *Sent:* Tuesday, July 17, 2007 1:24 PM
> *Subject:* Re: [eDebate] to be more blunt
>  Might I make a compromise suggestion?
> Back in the not so distant past we had a seperate version of the topic
> that was designed to be more Novice friendly.  I know the immediate reaction
> will be that this creates a "second class" novice division....However,
> programs that want novices to debate the novice less confusing option can go
> to tournaments that support a novice topic and those that dont can go to
> tournaments that support the normal national topic.
> I think one thing that has been enthusiastically demonstrated is that
> there are MANY different approaches to coaching debate and to coaching
> novice debate,,,In addition, there are many different reasons programs have
> left or are considering leaving.
> I will admit I have always been in the doghouse, in a sense, with coaches
> who support novice because I ten to not work with novices or develop a
> novice based squad.  I can understand why people feel that way.
> We could even have a seperate "novice" wording committee comprised of
> people who are very expert in what novices need etc.
> Just a suggestion for us all working together to create a more inclusive
> community despite our differences,
> I have, and have always had, the utmost respect for Tuna,
> Josh
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