Resolved: In the United States, workers ought to have a civil right to unionize. Resolved: The non-therapeutic use of human enhancement technologies is immoral. Resolved: The United States ought to provide a universal basic income. Resolved: Plea bargaining ought to be abolished in the United States criminal justice system. Resolved: In the United States, reporters […]
Here is the most recent version of the topic list for next year. 1) In the United States, non-human animals ought to have legally protected rights. 2) Individuals are obligated to value the common good over their own interests. 3) Capital punishment is immoral. 4) In the United States, physician-assisted suicide of terminally ill patients ought to be […]
Birmingham, AL — The LD wording committee has released the final 20 topics being considered for the 2017-2018 list. The final list will be narrowed to 10. The committee is seeking input from students and coaches on a.) which of these 20 topics should make the final list and b.) and wording issues that can/should be correct.
Over the last few years, there has been a rise in self-contained 3-week long debate camps. Now, there is nothing new about a debate camp lasting three weeks. What has changed is that several camps, including VBI, have shifted from a model where students attend a 2-week main session followed by a smaller third week, […]
This is our first installment of a new Curriculum Corner mini-series on the use of technology at debate camp. Several podcasts I listen to, such as Leading Lines and Teaching in Higher Ed, spend a lot of time discussing educational technology (EdTech). This has helped me compile a list of EdTech resources that I think […]
Many of our Curriculum Corner posts have surveyed academic studies on effective teaching. These cover a small, though representative, sample of the articles we have been reading to prepare for camp. However, our choice to focus so much on academic research could be challenged. I have made the choice to prioritize data over my own […]
Zubin Aysola and Matt Salah from Nueva High School in California recently hosted a debatecast during which they discussed the benefits of attending debate camp, and especially why VBI’s flagship session in LA is going to be special. Zubin Aysola (Nueva ’17) won the 2017 Berkeley Invitational. He will be on staff at VBI LA1. Matthew Salah […]
Congratulations to Cape Fear Academy’s Maya Arora for winning the 2017 National Catholic Forensic League’s Grand National Tournament. In finals, Maya defeated Upper St. Clair’s Raahema Durrani. Full results and pairings can be found here.
Congratulations to Desoto Central Silas Nelson and Atticus Nelson for winning the 2017 Catholic Forensics League Grandnational Tournament. In finals, Desoto Central defeated Ardrey Kell’s Samuel Wood and Harish Korrapati on a 4-1 decision (Wascher, Von Borstel, Poe, O’Donnell, Kessler). Congratulations to all debaters. Results will be posted when available.
Most camps’ curriculum focuses on mandatory periods student-staff interaction, ranging from group instruction (e.g. lab, modules), to one-on-one drill sessions (e.g. mentorship). These curricular elements are both required and, in general, staff driven. Most camps, then, supplement these required elements with optional student driven instruction. Some camps run office hours, others have evening work time […]