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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 30 May 2020 9:54 AM CDT

So, my paradigm. When I judge, I will be using two different frameworks.

Argumentation:

Firstly, looking at argumentation within the Lincoln-Douglas debate format, the debater should use the value-criterion framework as the ends of their argument, and he/she should use contentions as the means to reach the end of that value-criterion end. Since LD is a value debate, I do not want to only hear about the information concerning the topic at hand -- I need to know why that information is important to your value and criterion, which should uphold your side of the resolution.

I cannot stress enough the importance of your case fitting together in a logical and grammatical framework. If evidence is equally appealing on both sides of the debate and neither debater drops any arguments, I will immediate look to who upholds their value and criterion the best, which means one should tell me why this information is important. The debater appeals to me, so I should not have to make conclusions on my own, except whose case is better.

Speaking:

Secondly, your speaking, which may not reflect if you will win the round or not but can help after preliminary rounds, should be understandable: Do not spread or speak to fast. You should enunciate your words, especially for the online rounds.

The framework I will use to judge your speaking points is the first three liberal arts: grammar, logic, and rhetoric. If you do not know what those are, do not worry. Aristotle, and many others, say they are inherent in people, so focus on speaking well and persuasively. Remember, you are trying to convince me your case is what we OUGHT to do, so have some energy. I do not want to fall asleep. However, not too much energy. You should use your own judgement. If you are to fault on either side, fault on the side of too much.

Finally, this last paragraph goes along with argumentation too. So, when debating, do not attack you opponent or his/her person but their argument. The issues could be personal to you, but the debate should not involve Ad Hominem: attacking the person instead of their argument. That would be a waste of my time, your time, and your opponents. I will almost always give you a loss if you decide to attack your opponent.

If I am not looking at LD I would appeal greatest to the level or argumentation and logic that you uphold in your debate. Information is extremely important, but it cannot stand on its own, especially when you are debating something. Tell me why this information is important.


Thank you for reading, and I wish you the best.

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
West Oklahoma District Tournament HS 2021-02-13 LD R2 322 290 Neg
West Oklahoma District Tournament HS 2021-02-13 LD R2 118 338 Neg
West Oklahoma District Tournament HS 2021-02-13 LD R1 156 323 Aff
West Oklahoma District Tournament HS 2021-02-13 LD R1 219 114 Neg
Monty Python Invitational Virtual HS 2021-02-04 6ALD Quarte Edmond Santa Fe SR Bartlesville IH Neg Neg 2-1
Monty Python Invitational Virtual HS 2021-02-04 5ALD RD 2 Cascia Hall Prep II Grove High NE Aff
Monty Python Invitational Virtual HS 2021-02-04 QPF RD 1 Deer Creek CD Choctaw MD Con
Monty Python Invitational Virtual HS 2021-02-04 QPF RD 1 Yukon CM EdMemHS CB Pro
Norman North Mnemosyne HS 2021-01-21 CPF RD 3 Moore Milhan & Chastain Moore Nguyen & Kielty CON
Norman North Mnemosyne HS 2021-01-21 Q LD R2 EdmSan Grady Moxley Southm Jakob Linenberger Aff
Choctaw Sting Invite HS 2020-12-11 PF SEMIS Westmoore HN Westmoore LL PRO
Choctaw Sting Invite HS 2020-12-11 N PF SEMIS Southmoore BD Bristow VC CON CON 3-0
Choctaw Sting Invite HS 2020-12-11 PF Quarte Moore MC Westmoore HN CON CON 2-1
NSDA Senior Open HS 2020-05-29 LD R4 402 417 Aff Aff 2-0
NSDA Senior Open HS 2020-05-29 PF R3 805 803 Con