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Break Accuracy: Optimizing the Sorting Power of Preliminary Rounds Using Tapered Points

by R. Eric Barnes, Paul Kehle, Nick McKenny and Chuan-Zheng Lee • HWS

Ideally, preliminary rounds at tournaments sort teams so that the best teams break into elimination rounds. At the World Championships of debate, the scoring system during the nine preliminary rounds does a poor job of sorting teams accurately. Adding additional rounds would increase the accuracy and fairness, but this is impractical. Using mathematical models and computer simulations of tournaments, we show that using a slightly different scoring system over the nine preliminary rounds would improve the accuracy of the break even more than would doubling the number of preliminary rounds to 18. Other implications and insights into tabulation and sorting accuracy are also discussed.

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The Different Meanings of Debate

by Gareth Lim

Debating has meant many things to me over the years. My journey as a debater has had many ups and downs, but despite the countless weekends I have lost, I have never once regretted being a debater, because to deny debating would be to deny the very person that I am today.

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The Role of Debate in Rwanda

by Nikitah Gaju

The communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills debate teaches are valuable to young people who are at the forefront of development. By opening doors to more training and competition grounds for Rwandan debaters, we hope to foster the talents needed to drive progress in Rwanda.

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2019

Hurdles to and Recommendations for Improving Access to Schools Debate

by Team India 2019

Debate can change lives. And for us, the five members of Team India 2019, it did. In that sense, most of us would agree that it is important both to expand the number of people who have access to debating and ensure that those who join debating do not experience exclusion.

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Arbitrary Debate: Assessing the Reliability of Debate Judges

by R. Eric Barnes & Christopher Doak

Our focus in this paper is on these questions: 1) How reliable are judges’ assignment of team points? 2) How reliable are judges’ assignment of speaker points? and, 3) How reliable are judges’ initial calls about a debate, before the deliberation begins?

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fall 2017

Exploring Cultural Competence in the WSDC Community

by Cindi Timmons

While debating teams from six continents have been represented, the increasing variety of participants from non-Western nations and the growing diversity of the debaters themselves means that it is time for the global debating community to examine how inclusive it is and to evaluate its cultural competence as an organization. This paper seeks to address the current state of cultural competence in the organization and how WSDC might become even more inclusive.

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fall 2017

Transitioning from 3-on-3 formats to British Parliamentary: A Guide for Asian Adjudicators

by Lucas Li

Figuring out how to win against three other teams – including one on your own bench – rather than one opponent is already hard enough for speakers. What more adjudicators who now have to evaluate a high degree of strategic interaction in addition to the substantive exchange! This paper seeks to address common teething issues that Asian adjudicators face when transitioning from 3-on-3 formats like World Schools or Asians, to the British Parliamentary format.

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fall 2017

Sharing Insights as a Debate Educator

by Simona Mazilu

Teaching debate to both students and teachers, and training debate trainers was to become an essential part of my life, adding new and challenging dimensions to my career as an educator. This article offers insights into debating from the standpoint of an experienced educator, trainer and coach who works in both the European and World Schools circuits.

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fall 2017

The Native Crux

by Laura Alviž

The article revolves around the issue of native speaker bias that most members of the debating community experience during their debating career, and proposes potential solutions for this problem and reaches the conclusion that a combination of several mechanisms may be able to mitigate the effects of the native speaker bias.

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fall 2017

Listen to Diversity, Speak of Harmony

by Team Singapore 2017

This opinion piece was written by members of the team that represented Singapore at the World Schools Debating Championships 2017 in Bali, Indonesia. It deals with their journey preparing for and debating in the tournament, as well as their experience in dealing with adjudication feedback.