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April 20, 2012 / compassioninpolitics

Honor the work–a principled manifesto for doing debate work

1) Thinking about arguments makes you a better critical thinker and problem-solver.
2) Reflecting and writing is as important as research.
3) Time spent now reflecting builds over time into greater argumentative skill
4) Work & reflection over time is key to incubation effect.
5) You never get a second chance at a debate round or tournament. (mostly true)
6) Its a commitment to your current self, your future self, and your team (and those relationships) *****
7) When all is said and done what you get from debate is: great friends, great thinking tools, and great experiences. (see also your habits of mind)
8) Lack of work and reflection will lose you debate rounds.
9) Work allows exchanges with coaches (feedback)

Think of debate preparation like round of chess in your head. If you can go 2 to 4 steps deeper you will give yourself a strategic edge over your opponents.

Transparency of argument is key to coaches & students.

Hard work = pay off.

Debate is figuring out the angles. You have to reflect & incubate to figure out the angles.

Debate is following the pattern. You need time to figure out the pattern and integrate that into your behavior and arguments.

* The argument for using time effectively.
** How can you use your time effectively.



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  1. compassioninpolitics / Apr 20 2012 1:10 am

    Drawing a diagram (the creative & innovation process)
    Explaining feedback loops
    30 to 45 minutes a day can make a real difference


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