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    • What is Competitive Debate? And How Can it be Used in the Classroom? by Heidi H.
    • McGough’s article in The New Republic
      • Competitive Debate has become a low substance, high format competition
      • Too much traditional debate focuses on volume of arguments, even if they are flimsy
      • Debaters speak quickly and ramble off as many arguments as they can, using too many abbreviations in effort to lure opponent to not have enough time to refute all arguments
      • Lincoln-Douglas and Parliamentary formats are more popular
      • Lincoln-Douglas focuses on discussing the merits of competing ethical values
      • Parliamentary does not have a pre-set topic. Debaters find out topic ten minutes before the debate.
      But There’s Hope!
    • Toulmin’s Theories of Argument Construction
      • Data – evidence
      • Claim – debater’s stance on the issue
      • Warrant – logic the debater uses to make claim
      • Backing – reasoning for that logic, more evidence
      • Qualifier – relative strength of argument, a pitfall
      • Reservation – rebuttal that will strengthen argument
    • Classroom Uses
      • Good way to build logical and abstract thought
      • Illustrates to students that there are no “pat answers” to tough questions
      • Gets kids to see multiple sides of issues