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.
Harrison Durland took a look at Stoa’s 2019-2020 TP options. Here are some of his conclusions intended to spark your own independent thinking. 1. Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reform its banking, finance, and/or monetary policy....read more
It’s that time of year again...voting is open to determine NCFCA’s 2019-2020 debate resolution! Before you cast your ballot, read up on what Josh Hu and Joel Erickson have to say about the LD options. A. Resolved: Individuals have a right to health-care. Josh This...read more
This is for every scared debater out there. I know how you feel. https://ethosdebate.com/confidence-fake-til-make/ https://ethosdebate.com/lessons-from-an-impostor-the-psychology-of-confidence/read more
“What you write will never be more important than how you write it.” —Andrew Pudewa, Institute for Excellence in Writing The apparent disconnect between these two essential questions—“what” versus “how”—is nowhere more prevalent than the largest space for...read more
2019 Ethos Summer Camps are almost here! We have so many locations on the map for you guys and can't wait to share them. Before we finalize our summer lineup, be sure you visit our Summer Camps page to read about what's new this summer and why Ethos Camps are uniquely...read more
The internet can feel like a jungle when it comes to sources: there are a lot of plants, but you aren’t always sure which ones you can eat. I certainly have been in this kind of situation before, such as at the beginning of a season when I am trying to identify...read more
“Everybody here? Great. Anna, would you pray for us before we get started?” “Oh. Me? Oh. Yeah, sure! Um. Okay.” You know that moment when you’re handed something completely unexpected? When you’re strolling along a sunny lane and then a giant iguana shows up out of...read more
For TPers in the throes of tournament season, evidence can seem like the be-all, end-all. They desperately scrounge for cards and trade for briefs, then head off to a round, gripping those pages like they’re Ben Gates making off with the Declaration of Independence....read more
Here in the frigid wastelands of Chicago, spring can seem a long way off. Debaters everywhere know how that feels: we often hit plateaus where we lack motivation or feel like we'll never reach that next level. If you're looking for some midseason encouragement, you've...read more
Recently, we’ve written some articles that focus on cross examination. Those articles describe a few approaches to CX questioning, but now there’s another question to be answered: (how) do you put CX questions in briefs? As simple as this may seem, from experience I...read more
We have your tournament-ready briefs here for both the Stoa and NCFCA TP. Buy them here. NCFCA: NEG – Place Pakistan on the State Sponsor ListNEG – Place Qatar on the State Sponsor ListNEG – Place Russia on the State Sponsor ListNEG – Reinstate Enhanced Interrogation...read more
FREE BRIEF – Resolved: The United States should promote the development of market-rate housing in urban neighborhoods.
It's here. Over 100 pages of evidence and topic analysis on the March 2019 NSDA Public Forum topic on Market-Rate Housing. We've put a lot of work into it, and we hope you put it to good use in preparing for your tournaments! Ethos will be publishing briefs for each...read more
Part 1 covered fact-finding questions, while Part 2 looked at Catch-22s. Now, we get to Part 3: Storytelling. Storytelling If fact-finding is the grammar of cross-examination, and...read more
Resolved: The United States should promote the development of market-rate housing in urban neighborhoods.
Looking for a ton of quality evidence and insightful topic analyses compiled by seasoned debaters? We've got our free 110-page March PF brief here! The heart of this debate will boil down to which side of the motion can provide the best housing for the most people....read more
No matter how you’re involved in the speech/debate scene, at some point you’ll probably be asked to give feedback to help other people improve. This post aims to make that feedback better. “Fix patterns, not problems.” - Tracy Wilk, former Google executive, quoting...read more
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