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ERIC Number: ED079792
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
Pages: 11
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A Reconsideration of Goals.
Hufford, Roger
Debate can contribute to the solution of some of the problems of higher education but will thrive only to the extent that it can make a contribution to the greatest number of students and to society. Two areas that need improvement are topic selection and strategies of the negative team. Associations and national honorary societies schould promote off-topic debating by linking together several tournaments in order to focus on a single problem not chosen as the national topic. The use of "spread tactics" (attempting to cover more issues numerically than the affirmative will have time to answer in a five-minute rebuttal) is perceived as helpful by the average negative team but is harmful to debate as an activity. The simplest solution is to rearrange the time divisions in debate rounds and move the fifteen-minute negative block forward so that it follows the first affirmative speech rather than the second affirmative. This format would require that the affirmative team present its plan in its first speech. (EE)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Assn. (58th, Chicago, December 27-30, 1972)