Persuasion, Communication and Debate.
We exist to build people up as mature and powerful communicators. Communication is a discipline, not just a skill. Our training teaches students the discipline it takes to master communication. Ethos combines natural persuasion habits and methods, statistical data on communication techniques, and modern psychology. Join us in the timeless journey of rhetoric. We also teach collegiate and high school debate.
My old high school partner and I would often live or die with the block—specifically, the negative block in team policy—when we were affirmative: if the negative delivered most of their strongest arguments in the 2NC speech (as opposed to in the 1NC), then we were in...read more
We have previously published some articles that have various parliamentary debate resolutions (or “motions,” depending on your league) that we think can be helpful/fun for practice. This article will be an extension of that series, with 20 additional...read more
We’ve all been there before: It’s the start of a fresh season of speech and debate, you’ve begun building your affirmative case, and you’re itching to begin prepping negative briefs against your biggest opponents. The only problem is, you don’t know what they’re...read more
Resolved: The benefits of the United States federal government’s use of offensive cyber operations outweigh the harms.
Here's some key strategy tips for debating the NSDA Nov/Dec 2019 Public Forum Topic - Resolved: The benefits of the United States federal government's use of offensive cyber operations outweigh the harms. Want more evidence and strategy tips? We're excited to bring...read more
In the previous article on this topic of punishment, I covered some of the purposes/benefits of punishment; this article will discuss the opposite issue: drawbacks. Introduction (and topic applicability, briefly repeated): As noted in more detail previously,...read more
Matter Loading? In my college debate club/team we occasionally have “Matter loading” (or “matterloading”) sessions for British Parliamentary debate (BP). In these sessions we talk about a variety of topics that we expect to encounter or use in debate rounds. For...read more
Have you ever wanted to share your views on aspects of speech and debate with an audience? To tell others about a drill you found really effective for practicing? To help debaters overall take their debating to the next level? Personally, I loved sharing my thoughts...read more
I just read (skimmed) a book entitled Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper by Robert Bryce. It provides an illuminating history of many of the most influential and amazing technologies and innovations throughout the history of mankind. But the last section of the...read more
In the previous article in this series, I broadly described hybrid and purist judging approaches, but I didn’t dive into comparing the approaches’ pros and cons. Thus, I will devote this article to outlining some of the main arguments I see for and against each...read more
A few years ago, Anna Johansen created a debater persona quiz: from bulldozers to best friends, from scholars to survivors, it could magically characterize your debating persona while also pointing out probable strengths and areas for improvements. Unfortunately, the...read more
We are in the brief season, and I absolutely love briefs. I don’t just like using them, I also (usually) like writing them; I like critiquing them; I like theorizing about what makes good brief structure and content; etc. At a broader level, I typically prefer debates...read more
Resolved: In the United States, colleges and universities ought not consider standardized testing in undergraduate admissions decisions.
I’m happy to announce that Ethos’ first NSDA LD Sourcebook (on the Sept/Oct topic of standardized testing) is available for purchase! EDIT: We have decided to not continue publishing LD Sourcebooks for the remainder of the 2019-20 season; however, we will continue...read more
Our researchers have been hard at work, and we are finally happy to announce that our first Public Forum Sourcebook for the 2019-20 topic (Resolved: The European Union should join the Belt and Road Initiative) is finally complete. Inside, you'll find five handy topic...read more
Yes, I absolutely used to sneer at community judging—as well as anything else that I didn’t see as very flow-heavy and “objective.” Thus, in high school I resolved that when I returned to judge policy debate I would be a righteous and noble flow monk, steadfast in...read more
As a young debater, the end of the summer was always like Christmas: sourcebooks were coming! (It was a very nerdy Christmas, but still…) Finding out what briefs were being published in each sourcebook was something I eagerly looked forward to. This year I’ve had the...read more
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