Adam Scher Paradigm

Last changed Sat, Feb 6, 2016 at 2:04 PM UTC

 

 

Adam Scher

USMA

My thoughts on Why Debate is important are best explained here: http://havokjournal.com/nation/can-college-debate-improve-the-civil-military-divide/

COMBAT TROOPS ARE PRESENCE (this is my basic assumption unless it goes completely dropped in the round to the contrary)

Philosophy: I started intercollegiate debate as a novice in 2000 and left the activity in 2004 to begin my career as an Infantry officer in the United States Army.

I returned to the activity as judge/coach in 2012 when the Army returned me to West Point to teach American politics and government.

I believe my experience as a debater helped me become a better thinker, a better leader, and a better defense intellectual than I otherwise would have been without debate. 

I find it hard to operate on any other assumption than debate is about education in the round, in the broader community, and in society writ large. 

I believe we access this education through our discourse, our performance, our policy analysis of potential actions by the United States Federal Government and other state and non-state actors, as well as our understanding of ontology, epistemology, and our preconceived notions constructed by the society we live in.

I don’t think that it is possible for me (or any judge for that matter) to ever make a WRONG decision at the end of the debate round.  We have designed an activity that is subjective – we have rules and guidelines (that are open for debate themselves) to help create objective standards, but at the end of the debate we quantify success by a decision made by the human being in the back of the room. 

That being said there are plenty of BAD decisions in our activity that are/will be made and I am sure that I do/will make more BAD decisions than most other judges in our activity. 

I believe, however, such BAD decisions happen when debaters fail to realize their ultimate goal in the round.  The job of each debater is to convince, compel, persuade the person in the back of the room to cast a vote, sign a ballot, endorse the advocacy, or affirm/negate a resolution.  Explain to me how you think my decision should be made.  Define my calculation process or articulate a framework that can guide my method of thinking.

Mechanics: I dislike intervening in debate rounds. I would much rather apply the criteria the debaters supply and work things out that way. As a result the final rebuttals should provide me with a clean story and a weighing mechanism. If only one side provides this I will default to their standards. If neither side does this, I’ll use my own opinions and evaluations of the round.

I think it is the debater’s responsibility to explain the analysis of their cards, particularly on complex positions. I do not like to read piles of cards and being forced to apply my analysis to them.

As a side note, I have not embraced “paperless” debate since I am just recently returning to the activity.  I flow on paper and I rarely flow author names so don’t just extend the author’s name- also be clear to which argument the card applies to. 

I don’t appreciate sly or clever attempts to steal prep time.

I am not sympathetic to technologic difficulties.

I like to vote on the easy way out of a round- I don’t try to divine the ultimate truth of what the debaters are saying. I’m just adjudicating a fun activity that has been a very important part of my growth and development- but still an activity that is abstract and disconnected in many ways from much of society and many other aspects of our lives.

I hope you enjoy your time as a debater and your round with me as your judge regardless of the final ballot decision - do your job and I will do mine.

 

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Event Rd Aff Neg Decision
70th National Debate Tournament at Binghamton 3/31/2016 Open Round 6 Pittsburgh PR Binghamton CH NEG
70th National Debate Tournament at Binghamton 3/31/2016 Open Round 7 Wake Forest RV Liberty CS AFF
Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament 3/25/2016 Open RD 1 Binghamton XY UNLV AO AFF
Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament 3/25/2016 Open RD 4 Liberty HH NYU MX AFF
Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament 3/25/2016 Open RD 5 Binghamton HW Vermont BH NEG
Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament 3/25/2016 Open RD 6 Southwestern CS Vermont PK NEG
Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament 3/25/2016 Open RD 7 Kansas BC Oklahoma WP NEG
Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament 3/25/2016 Open RD 8 Wake Forest CL Vermont BL AFF
Binghamton Northeast Regional Championship 2/27/2016 Open 1 Binghamton LO Liberty RS NEG
Binghamton Northeast Regional Championship 2/27/2016 Open 3 Binghamton TM Liberty DW NEG
Binghamton Northeast Regional Championship 2/27/2016 Nov 4 Binghamton EH Liberty GT AFF
Binghamton Northeast Regional Championship 2/27/2016 Nov 5 Liberty DM VermontRochester PK NEG
Binghamton Northeast Regional Championship 2/27/2016 Nov 6 Cornell RG Binghamton VM NEG
Binghamton Northeast Regional Championship 2/27/2016 Open Sem Liberty DW Binghamton AY NEG
Binghamton on a 3-0
Binghamton Northeast Regional Championship 2/27/2016 Nov quarts Liberty BH Vermont BH AFF
Liberty BH on a 2-1
Texas Open 2/6/2016 TXO 1 Wake Forest AS Pittsburgh PR AFF
Texas Open 2/6/2016 TXO 6 Oklahoma SH Wake Forest GN AFF
Texas Open 2/6/2016 TXO 7 Washington ST Binghamton HS NEG
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/16/2016 Novic 4 Liberty BH Rutgers-Newark KG AFF
Rochesters Brad Smith Debate Tournament 11/21/2015 1 Binghamton HS Monmouth DB AFF
Rochesters Brad Smith Debate Tournament 11/21/2015 2 Monmouth LR SUNY Broome NEG
Rochesters Brad Smith Debate Tournament 11/21/2015 4 Binghamton FB NYU KX AFF
Rochesters Brad Smith Debate Tournament 11/21/2015 6 NYU AP Binghamton MT NEG
Rochesters Brad Smith Debate Tournament 11/21/2015 Semis NYU LR Cornell SS NEG
Cornell SS on a 2-1
Rochesters Brad Smith Debate Tournament 11/21/2015 Final Cornell SS Binghamton HM AFF
Cornell SS on a 3-0
ADA Fall Championship 11/13/2015 Nov 1 Michigan LR Liberty HW NEG
ADA Fall Championship 11/13/2015 Nov 2 Washington CL Liberty DS AFF
ADA Fall Championship 11/13/2015 Open 3 Vanderbilt CS GSUMinn HB AFF
ADA Fall Championship 11/13/2015 Nov 4 George Mason AS Liberty GT NEG
ADA Fall Championship 11/13/2015 Open 5 Boston BS James Madison TC AFF
ADA Fall Championship 11/13/2015 Nov 6 George Mason MC Liberty JM NEG
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Open Finals Libert BC JamMad LW NEG
JamMad LW on a 4-1
Las Vegas Classic 10/17/2015 JV 1 Southwestern College LS Sacramento State PK NEG
Las Vegas Classic 10/17/2015 Nov 2 Weber State HK Southwestern College CL NEG
Las Vegas Classic 10/17/2015 JV 3 Nevada Las Vegas NV City College of San Francisco GO NEG
Las Vegas Classic 10/17/2015 Nov 4 CSU Northridge DR Kansas City Kansas CC BE AFF
Las Vegas Classic 10/17/2015 Open 6 Texas BD Weber State HS NEG
Las Vegas Classic 10/17/2015 Open 7 Sacramento State DG San Francisco State MR AFF
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 nov N 1 Liberty SN Rochester KL NEG
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 open Opn 2 West Virginia MM Liberty JW AFF
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 open Opn 3 George Mason GM Liberty BC NEG
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 JV 4 Rochester GH Liberty RS NEG
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 nov N 5 Liberty HM NYU IW AFF
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 open Opn 6 Binghamton SY George Mason MT NEG
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 nov Nov Quarters Oklahoma VN Binghamton MM AFF
Oklahoma V on a 3-0
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 NOV 1 Trinity FL Liberty NJ AFF
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN 2 Wake Forest CL Miami LS AFF
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN 3 Liberty JW Wake Forest AS NEG
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN 4 Wake Forest DR Wayne State DS AFF
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 JV 6 Miami BM Capital HL NEG
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN 7 Trinity CV Michigan State NS AFF
CEDA Nationals Wichita State 3/20/2015 Open Rd 2 Rutgers-Newark CJ Sacramento State HG NEG
CEDA Nationals Wichita State 3/20/2015 Open Rd 4 NYU CK Nevada Las Vegas GV NEG
CEDA Nationals Wichita State 3/20/2015 Open Rd 7 Washington MP Texas DM NEG
CEDA Nationals Wichita State 3/20/2015 Open Rd 8 Capital CL Wake Forest BL NEG
JVNovice Nationals at Binghamton University 3/6/2015 JV 5 Capital CL Liberty BW AFF
JVNovice Nationals at Binghamton University 3/6/2015 JV 6 Liberty CK JMU CT AFF
JVNovice Nationals at Binghamton University 3/6/2015 JV Octos NYU AZ Liberty BJ AFF
NYU AZ on a 3-0
D8 NDT Qualifier at WCSU 2/21/2015 D8 3 Boston College CK Dartmouth College KM NEG
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov 4 Binghamton TG Liberty SY NEG
D8 NDT Qualifier at WCSU 2/21/2015 D8 5 NYU IZ Binghamton CS AFF
D8 NDT Qualifier at WCSU 2/21/2015 D8 6 Vermont BL Dartmouth College AY AFF
Texas Open 2/7/2015 TXO 2 California, Berkeley Greenbury & Gruber NYU Dellamore & DeJohn AFF
Texas Open 2/7/2015 TXO 3 George Mason Dailey & Kaye Vermont Brough Lee NEG
Texas Open 2/7/2015 TXO 7 NYU Itliong & Zhan Binghamton Herrera & Smith AFF
5th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 1/30/2015 Nov 1 Liberty SW James Madison WM AFF
5th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 1/30/2015 Nov 3 Boston College JN Liberty MO NEG
5th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 1/30/2015 JV 4 James Madison GW Liberty KP NEG
5th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 1/30/2015 Nov Quarters Liberty DJ George Mason KY NEG
George Mas on a 3-0
5th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 1/30/2015 Open Round 6 Liberty BJ George Mason KM AFF
5th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 1/30/2015 Nov Semis George Mason LC Liberty ER NEG
Liberty ER on a 2-1
5th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 1/30/2015 Open Octos George Mason OB James Madison BP AFF
George Mas on a 2-1
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/17/2015 Novic 1 Liberty ER Rutgers-Newark SG AFF
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/17/2015 Open 2 Boston College KC Liberty CW AFF
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/17/2015 Open 3 Michigan KK West Virginia MO AFF
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/17/2015 Open 6 Kentucky HR Wake Forest BL NEG
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/17/2015 Novic 8 Liberty SY James Madison CG AFF
Liberty University Debate Tournament 10/31/2014 JV 1 Boston College SP Minnesota/Liberty OW AFF
Liberty University Debate Tournament 10/31/2014 JV 2 Wayne State BR Boston College CM NEG
Liberty University Debate Tournament 10/31/2014 JV 3 Liberty SW West Virginia/Wayne State MD AFF
Liberty University Debate Tournament 10/31/2014 JV 4 West Virginia DF Liberty BC AFF
Liberty University Debate Tournament 10/31/2014 Novi 5 Liberty ES George Mason ChLo AFF
Liberty University Debate Tournament 10/31/2014 Novi 6 George Mason CL Liberty SY NEG
Liberty University Debate Tournament 10/31/2014 JV Quarters Boston College SP Liberty KP AFF
Boston Col on a 2-1
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov N 1 Vermont SY Liberty MO NEG
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov N 2 Binghamton KC James Madison SG NEG
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov N 3 Vermont RR Binghamton FS NEG
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 JV 4 Liberty KP George Mason HM AFF
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov N 5 Binghamton LM Liberty WR NEG
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov NDO Binghamton WT Vermont ST AFF
Binghamton on a 3-0
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 JV JV Quarters Liberty CW James Madison/CUNY YY AFF
Liberty CW on a 3-0
68th National Debate Tournament in Indiana 3/28/2014 Open 7 JMU BM Texas CM AFF
CEDA Nats Indiana 3/21/2014 Rd 1 Liberty CC Capital CL AFF
CEDA Nats Indiana 3/21/2014 Rs 2 NYU IH Wichita State DS NEG
CEDA Nats Indiana 3/21/2014 Rd 4 CUNY DL Binghamton RS NEG
CEDA Nats Indiana 3/21/2014 Rd 8 NYU KC Liberty JW NEG
Rutgers Newark Debate Tournament 1/24/2014 Nov nov2 Roches DK Wilkes HS AFF
Rutgers Newark Debate Tournament 1/24/2014 Nov nov3 CUNY SY WesVir AR AFF
Rutgers Newark Debate Tournament 1/24/2014 Open rnd5 Roches HL CUNY DL NEG
Crowe Warken Debates at NAVY 1/18/2014 Novic Novic 1 Miami PP JMU BH AFF
Crowe Warken Debates at NAVY 1/18/2014 JV JV 2 Wake Forest BH WVU FP NEG
Crowe Warken Debates at NAVY 1/18/2014 Novic Novic 4 JMU MP Miami FR NEG
Crowe Warken Debates at NAVY 1/18/2014 JV JV 5 Liberty CC JMU GP NEG
Crowe Warken Debates at NAVY 1/18/2014 Novic Novic Octos Miami IL Liberty CW NEG
Liberty CW on a 3-0
Crowe Warken Debates at NAVY 1/18/2014 Novic Novic Quarters Liberty BJ George Mason GW NEG
George Mas on a 3-0
Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 11/23/2013 JV JV 1 Bingha LS BosCol CW AFF
Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 11/23/2013 Nov NOV 2 NewYor HK Monmou TW AFF
Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 11/23/2013 Nov NOV 3 NewYor AL CUNY SW AFF
Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 11/23/2013 Open OPEN 6 Bingha FG NewYor WZ AFF
Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 11/23/2013 JV JV QUARTS Bingha KS AFF
CUNY DF on a 2-1
Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 11/23/2013 JV JV SEMIS BosCol CT WesVir BR NEG
BosCol CT on a 2-1
Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 11/23/2013 Nov NOV SEMIS WesVir FP BosCol PS NEG
BosCol PS on a 2-1
Clarion University Autumn Debate Tournament 11/1/2013 JV JV1 BostonColleg BC Binghamton KS AFF
Clarion University Autumn Debate Tournament 11/1/2013 Open Op2 Liberty AB Pittsburgh KL AFF
Clarion University Autumn Debate Tournament 11/1/2013 Novice Nov 3 Liberty AB Capital CL NEG
Clarion University Autumn Debate Tournament 11/1/2013 Novice Nov 4 BostonColleg PS Liberty CW NEG
Clarion University Autumn Debate Tournament 11/1/2013 JV JV5 Liberty CC Pittsburgh JR AFF
Clarion University Autumn Debate Tournament 11/1/2013 Novice Nov Octo BostonColleg PS Liberty AB NEG
Liberty AB on a 3-0
Clarion University Autumn Debate Tournament 11/1/2013 Novice Nov Sem John Carroll BC Liberty CW NEG
Liberty CW on a 3-0
2013 West Point Debate Tournament 10/18/2013 Open Round 2 Liberty BM NYU DD AFF
2013 West Point Debate Tournament 10/18/2013 JV JV Round 4 CUNY AL Liberty CS NEG
Kentucky College Tournament 10/5/2013 Opn Rd 3 Georgia State FN Binghamton SS AFF
Kentucky College Tournament 10/5/2013 Opn Rd 6 Gonzaga GS Houston AA NEG
Kentucky College Tournament 10/5/2013 Opn Rd 8 Liberty CS North Texas AS AFF