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