ERIC Number: EJ815079
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-3
Reference Count: 0
Colleges Call Debate Contests out of Order
Young, Jeffrey R.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n6 pA1 Oct 2008
Competitive debate has traditionally served as a laboratory for the democratic process and an important training ground for future policy makers. In recent years, a growing number of teams have played the game out of traditional bounds. They have turned events into commentaries on debate itself, in performances that bear little resemblance to the debating traditions that had a place on campuses for more than a hundred years. The freewheeling aspect is what makes debate so exciting and challenging for students, according to many debate coaches, who say teams should be prepared to respond to any argument. Now some college officials are asking whether debate is living up to its original educational mission.
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