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The Best of Learning Policy Debate

Learning Policy Debate:
• Fundamental questions of philosophy
The key debates of framework or how to win framework debates on against peformative affs
The speech by Scott Deatheredge
Writing 2ac Blocks

Getting better at policy debate
My generic getting better at policy debate advice
Quick ideas (aka outline) for lesson planning to help novices and junior varsity debates make the transition
Negative strategy checklist
• Go on the offense, do quality impact comparison, even-if stories, begin with the end in mind, prepare/prepare, use a diverse set of arguments (a full court press), get better every day (kaizen improvement), follow the pattern, isolate your strengths and weaknesses, seek out answers from different fields and sources

Problem-Solving & Critical Thinking:
Critical thinking tools for debate that will help you win
Types of Argument in Debate (this is a simple nomenclature….but it can help think more deeply about building bigger edifices & tighter edifices of argument castles)

Meta and Random Thoughts:
What is the art of debate

Answering Specific Arguments:
Answering the Security Critique (I believe I may have other posts about Threat Construction & Realism. Also, the comments on this one have some interesting advice too)
Answering Disaster Porn
Answering Pierre Schlagg’s critique of Normativity
My take on Heidegger and Technology (I don’t remember this dealing with the implicit critique of utilitarianism, consequentialism, and calculation which is made via the “value to life claims”)
• Answering Nietzshce’s critique of roleplaying (note: this isn’t how to answer Nietzsche overall–just his K of roleplaying)
Answering Post-Modern Ethics & Relativism (this is a series of posts–not all are under the exact topic, but I’ve blogged a number of times about this topic). This is pretty foundational in terms of answering critiques of ethics, like Normativity & D & G, and Nietzsche, et…



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  1. compassioninpolitics / Jan 2 2013 1:59 am

    Here is an interesting index/table of contents of the blog:

    * Note: this page also serves that function.

  2. compassioninpolitics / Jan 2 2013 2:01 am

    I might also recommend using the search box to look for:
    1. thinking models (a number of posts on this topic)
    2. whatever topic most interests you from the critique to answering the critique to any number of topics you might need help with.

    The challenge, however is to apply the concepts I present. I haven’t written many of these in article form. You have to read and reflect–you have to remember too.

  3. compassioninpolitics / Jan 2 2013 2:03 am

    I’ve done a number of posts which feature “coaching”–they don’t necessarily directly relate to the topic of getting better or thinking better:

  4. compassioninpolitics / Jan 2 2013 2:32 am

    Here is a list of posts about the value of debate:

    Here is a list of posts on relativism:

    * Note: the above two links are to my other blog Compassion in Politics

  5. compassioninpolitics / Jan 14 2013 10:53 pm

    This is interesting too:

    I believe Wake has a number of files online.

  6. compassioninpolitics / Jan 28 2013 8:42 pm
  7. compassioninpolitics / Feb 10 2013 9:23 pm

    One more is this–its very conceptual–but the idea of evidence comparison & critical thinking is obviously pretty important in debate:

  8. compassioninpolitics / Feb 10 2013 11:05 pm
  9. compassioninpolitics / Feb 18 2013 3:53 am
  10. compassioninpolitics / Feb 18 2013 10:00 pm
  11. compassioninpolitics / Feb 26 2013 3:48 am
  12. Nathan Ketsdever / Mar 28 2013 9:33 pm
  13. Nathan Ketsdever / Mar 28 2013 9:44 pm
  14. compassioninpolitics / Apr 2 2013 8:28 pm

    Some national debate tournament debates (mostly race performance):

  15. Nathan Ketsdever / Apr 7 2013 6:24 pm

    Here are a number of coaching resources:

    Googling “Coaching Resources for Policy Debate” is another option.

  16. Nathan Ketsdever / Apr 8 2013 1:01 am

    Not sure if I’ve cut & pasted by posts on this thread on race performance affirmatives here.

    So I’m just going to post the thread:

  17. compassioninpolitics / Apr 12 2013 2:07 am

    Classroom activity–specific to L/D, but could be used for policy:

    I can’t decide if this was borrowed from here or vice-versa:

  18. compassioninpolitics / Apr 12 2013 2:14 am

    Here are a couple:

    As well as the other middle school debate resources.

  19. compassioninpolitics / Apr 14 2013 1:02 am

    Ramifications/Big Picture/Global View

    Everything is comparative (comparison & contrast)


    Argumentative Deputy Politics…..
    The continuum.
    Too much reliance on evidence as key.

  20. Nathan Ketsdever / Apr 15 2013 4:40 am
  21. Nathan Kets / Apr 16 2013 11:14 pm

    Middle School Debate Resources (for coaching or self-coaching)

  22. Nathan Ketsdever / May 7 2013 6:08 pm

    Debate/Public forum videos:

  23. Nathan Ketsdever / May 8 2013 4:37 am

    Not sure this is useful–haven’t had the chance to watch it yet:

  24. Nathan Ketsdever / May 10 2013 6:08 am
  25. Nathan Ketsdever / May 10 2013 6:09 am

    Ben Franklin
    Segmentation (???)
    Risk versus Reward
    Strength versus Weakness

    Various “This Book Will Make You Smarter” ???

  26. compassioninpolitics / Jul 12 2013 7:35 pm

    Policy Debate Curriculum:

    Some more of this is in the Teaching/Coaching thread from Cross-x

    Compassion in Politics articles/resources (some of which may be cross-posted on Learn Policy Debate already):

  27. compassion in politics / Oct 30 2013 12:37 am
  28. compassioninpolitics / Jul 11 2014 12:20 am

    Teaching High School Debate–Online Resources for Debate

    Classroom reflections on the speech by the Duck:

    Also another version of the speech in outline/notes form.

  29. compassioninpolitics / Aug 1 2014 7:40 pm

    Not sure I agree with the worldviews–this is some UT-Austin philosophy/culture/history videos:

  30. compassioninpolitics / Aug 18 2014 11:43 pm

    Here are some econ impacts–not sure how good these are:

  31. compassioninpolitics / Aug 20 2014 1:33 am

    There are some pretty quick debates here:

    Debate Vision also obviously.

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