I'm proud to say that NCFCA isn't run by the students. This is a competitive league and Democracy shouldn't be valued for the competitors. Perhaps you're familiar with something called biased interests?
We've been over this extensively in other threads, so I don't see a need to unearth those hatchets.
All I'll say on the matter is that NCFCA operates more like an oligarchy. Stoa is a representative democracy. Not a pure one. Democracy should be valued for the competitors and their families, because that's who the league is all about - enabling students to become winsome communicators for Christ. "Biased interests" is not a valid argument against the Stoa model. It's worked for the past six (going on seven) years now. You can't deny that. The leagues have different approaches to attain the same goal. As long as you are happy with remaining placated under the influence, direction, and personal whims of an oligarchic leadership, I guess you suit yourself.
Seconding. It's worth noting that Stoa's leadership acknowledges that NCFCA is a great league for homeschool debate competition, but NCFCA does not do likewise. Stoa also listens to the opposition rather than ignoring it or trying to shut it down. Stoa is also bigger and they let people do tournaments basically however the heck they want; if my friends weren't in NCFCA, I'd prefer Stoa for the same reasons I prefer the United States to China.
I was one of the people who got the survey by the NCFCA, and I know that I mentioned the fact that with extemp genie, and electronic extemp, 30 minutes is too much.
Not everybody uses extemp genie...I know if I'm going to shell out 25 bucks for something it's going to be for a mag or newspaper subscription, not software.
Honestly, I think this signifies a move towards a form-over-substance mindset. 2/3 as much prep time to speak on FIVE categories instead of three (see #2 in the extemp rules) means that students will lean more heavily on their speaking skills and less heavily on their actual knowledge of the issues at hand. Which is more important in the real world, being a passionate speaker or knowing your stuff? Obama was (well, is) a great speaker and that's part of what won him the White House, but that doesn't make him a good president.