Before I "respond" to any other comments, I need to say something: I could go into detail and illustrate every benefit that I have personally reaped from collegiate Parli., but doing so would be hard. I do admit--yes, Parli. is extremely difficult. It is difficult to comprehend from the perspective of one who has never seen it done well. It can also be just as difficult for experienced debaters. But this style of debate is incredibly helpful for developing a speaker's individual critical thinking skills. It refines the debater based on his or her individual public-speaking/debating needs. Parli. truly allows the speaker to hone in on his or her weaknesses and strengths. Parli. allows for this refining in not only the limited prep time, but in the diversity of resolutions, the freedom to interpret resolutions and philosophies, the freedom to argue so many different forms of debate theory at one tournament, etcetera, etcetera.
They're just being honest. If policy is as rhetorically based as it is, how can we expect any more from parli, especially if they 1) don't allow coaching 2) allow a scant fifteen minutes for prep instead of twenty or twenty five 3) don't allow prepared materials and 4) don't allow internet access?
1) You know why we cannot allow coaching, right? It would be incredibly unfair to allow for a club with more coaches, members, and alumni to help out with their debaters, while our teeny, little Rhode Island club is stuck with one inexperienced parent to assist. This rule simply removes any potential "elitist" [as Mrs. Nasser termed it] activity.
What other way would you have it?
2) Hmm. I do admit that 15 minutes is certainly interesting. I don't necessarily agree that this is good move for Stoa. But keep in mind that these rules are only a rough draft.
I'm sure when LD and TP began back in the day that some rules had to be removed, altered, or added after the first tournament.
3) To allow for prepared materials during the round would defeat the purpose of parli. And given TP's reputation for over emphasizing evidence in rounds, I like this rule very
4) Hm. Read the rules again, Jon.
The T Stoa Website wrote:
Competitors may prepare together using whatever materials they would like during the fifteen minutes of preparation time, including accessing electronic devices (unless otherwise banned by the Tournament Director).
Unless, of course, you are referring to in-the-round Internet access. And every experienced Parli. competitor know how ridiculous that would be.
...but now I learn that it's not even real parli they plan on doing...
What do you consider to be real Parli? I hope you all understand that this form of Parli. debate will not
turn out the way it is in college. ... Wait? You do
understand? Well, then. I hope you all recognize that Stoa does not intend
for Parli. to be the same as the collegiate version. To encourage that would be ridiculous.
I am not asking anyone to alter their perceptions of Parli. I am asking that you all stop applying those perceptions to the home-school, high-school version that no NCFCA/Stoa competitor has even tried yet!!!
I mean, seriously. All of you haters are on the verge of creating a bunch of ridiculous Slippery Slopes. Give this style of debate a chance. Challenge its potential disadvantages and advantages, but do not assume it will ruin debate as we know it. "The power of life and death is in the tongue." Be practical in your commentaries, but provide hope for the event and encouragement for those who may participate in it.
"I forget the last time I felt brave/I just recall insecurity/Cuz it came down like a tidal wave/And sorrow swept over me/I was given grace and love/I was blind but now I can see/Cuz I found a new hope from above/And courage swept over me..."~Owl City[Tidal Wave]