David Roth wrote:
The time is 15 PLUS logistics. If your room is five minutes away then the tournament should provide 20 minutes total prep.
Parli drills will now include the 100 yard dash.
Haha. Fo' sho'.
Wait, people considered banning coaching out-of-round? That just blew my mind.
If banning in-round coaching was based on fairness,
What about the team that had the money to go to Nasser & Co. debate camp?
The team that belonged to the bigger club?
The debater who came from an established "debate family?"
We should ban all those. For fairness.
Oh, man. I love the sarcasm.
Either you missed the point I'm making or you are just having too
much fun bashing a form of debate you have never competed in.
The idea of "fairness" is a lot trickier to deal with in terms of parli. debate. Based on my past experience and my competing with such a small school, I think the same will apply.
First of all, this is a new event. Perhaps the rule may shift a bit as time goes on, but this is probably the best way to go for the clubs right now. I don't have much to elaborate on here. I just need to inform you all that TX Stoa is trying its best to accommodate and deal with all the debaters' parents' needs, requests, complaints etc. This was brought up as a valid concern from some parents and alumni. I, personally, will trust Stoa with it's current legislation.
Second of all, I bring you back to the oh-so-looked-forward-to rule of limited prep time. Since one of the main purposes of Parli. is to challenge the speaker's improvisational-critical thinking skills, it would only be fair
to allow for those debaters only to work in prep time. In my opinion, to allow for other help during this preparation time is not only fair to the other opponents but unfair to the purpose of Parliamentary Debate.*
My final comment pertains to a simple worry. I think such a policy that would allow for conferring among a club could lead to some issues. Issues such as: what makes one a member of a club? what qualifies one as a coach? can alumni help their club? can other tournament-visiting parents assist? can a club "hire" a debate 'expert" to tag along and assist with case constructing? And a bunch of other blahblahblah's and wahwahwah's. I'm just saying that if one wanted to make a rule regarding club/coach conferring, it would have to be very, very, very specific.
*Yes... if I had the option, I would take away the ability to confer among one's school team in collegiate Parli. debate.
Is this making sense, everyone? Jon, your comments [sarcastic as they may be] are welcome. But does anyone else have any questions or "refutations" to my points?
For or against... I'm certainly glad this event has piqued so much interest.
Come to think of it, I'm leaning away from prep-time coaching -- not for fairness (true fairness has never, does not, and will never exist anywhere in the world, let alone in debate), but to make it more challenging. I'm still skeptical about prep time only being 15 minutes, though. Why not 20 or 25 minutes? One might say that 15 puts more demand on "critical thinking" (that term is so nebulous), but there's no support for that; furthermore, it could just as easily be said that more prep time = deeper critical thinking put into the round itself = higher quality round.
HahaHA!!! YES! Me gusta.
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