Disregarding other groups simply because they're not your's is short sighted and poor form.
Remind me when I insinuated this?
Do these other leagues have the educational quality of NCFCA? I highly doubt it.
You also conveniently ignored Graham's words of wisdom in the sentences prior.
Yes, yes they do. Don't throw stones until you've actually competed in them.
I don't wish to enter fully into this debate, but I do want to respectfully point out Hammy that when you're discussing Parli, you are speaking from ignorance and a completely warped perspective which has brainwashed you into thinking Parli is bad and does not have different skill sets than TP and Extemp. You are completely, utterly, absolutely, thoroughly, 100%, in every possible way wrong
. I'm sorry but there's no nice way to put that. You're not even allowed to being up evidence briefs in Parli. Parli has a very nuanced style which has worked well and helped hundreds of students be better and more articulate speakers. You are entitled to your opinion...but please stop self-righteously deriding other leagues and debate forms that you have never even tried or experienced for yourself. Your impudently treat new ideas and people's proposals - have an open mind, maybe you'll learn some new things from people who have indeed competed in other leagues and have tried Parli. At the very least, couch your language in terms like "it seems" and "it may" be like x, not "IT IS." I do the same when I'm discussing NCFCA and I even was in the league once. Times have significantly changed, yes, but you hopefully get my point. You're probably not intending to appear self-righteous and arrogant (you're a cool guy as far as I know
), but you should reconsider your choice of words as, frankly, that's how you're coming across.
Also, while you do have valid points about teenagers...1 Timothy 4:12
much? Teenagers are people too ;P Stoa sets it up where each family
gets a vote, so that may help solve your issue with teenagers potentially hijacking the league. The students who are directly involved in the league and are the reason the league exists should have a say in the organization's future, but should not wield undue influence. The solution to "too much student input" is not to completely shut off the valve, but to close it just a little so the overwhelming torrent turns into a steady stream.