Back and forth about debate on slate

Your new book, Wisenheimer: A Childhood Subject To Debate, is a pleasure to read. In lively, engaging prose you trace your love for debate back to your childhood. I particularly enjoyed the anecdotes about how you learned about language from your grandmother (who once wrote to the state of Pennsylva…

4 thoughts on “Back and forth about debate on slate

  1. gulakov

    While our worthy opponents are right to point out that the esteemed format of parliamentary debate teaches you the highly useful life-skill of public speaking eloquence, policy debate teaches you to decide.

  2. JSS

    I've always found it quite telling that a seeming majority of the highest-caliber parli debaters are former policy debaters (who often switched events out of distaste for having to do preparatory work)

  3. Nathan Ketsdever

    >>While our worthy opponents are right to point out that the esteemed format of parliamentary debate teaches you the highly useful life-skill of public speaking eloquence, policy debate teaches you to decide.

    Arguably it does that by year 3 or so and certainly by year 5–depending on the circuit you travel.

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