Ann Bird Paradigm

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Ann Bird Paradigm/Philosophy

 

I am an attorney.  I see PF debate as similar to an attorney’s oral argument, where  the goal is to convince the audience to adopt the speaker’s point of view.  The key is to make the process as easy for the audience as possible. 

 

The most convincing arguments are:

 

1.              delivered slowly enough to allow the audience to hear, understand, note, and also think about as they are presented;

2.              well organized;

3.              simple; and

4.              relatable.

 

The first speaker should give listeners an outline of the entire argument at the outset, and the last speaker should explain how that outline was fulfilled.  The argument should not require the audience to accept more than three or four subordinate points, and it should not have more than one or two sources of evidence or support for each point.  Finally, the argument should demonstrate why the proposition impacts and/or reflects the lives of the listeners.

 

I will reward debaters who present a convincing argument without regard to whether I am actually convinced.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 PF R7 Nova Sr BB Mission San Jose WK Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 PF R7 Dalton FU Walt Whitman HS Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 PF R5 NSU University CM Dalton JZ Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 PF R4 Regis MZ Nova Sr CB Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 PF R4 James Madison Memorial MS Byram Hills CR Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 PF R3 Ransom Everglades HS Hunter KK Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 PF R3 Dalton IG Charles W Flanagan SM Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 PF R2 Edgemont GG Millburn WW Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 PF R2 Wayland RG Dalton FT Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 PF R1 Princeton HL Horace Mann SK Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/14/2016 PF R1 Stuyvesant FA Walt Whitman GG Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 PF Sexto- Princeton TS Walt Whitman AA Neg Neg on a 3-0
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 PF R7 Waring BL Ft. Lauderdale GH Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 PF R7 Riverdale Country BS Millburn KM Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 PF R6 Trinity IR Masters HM Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 PF R6 Waring HD Nightingale Bamford AY Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 PF R5 Horace Mann CM Freehold Townshipi WV Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 PF R5 Summit CC Scarsdale GQ Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 PF R4 Newton South SD North Allegheny Senior AN Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 PF R4 Summit SG Hackley WT Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 PF R2 Success Academy DM Acton Boxborough AJ Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 PF R1 Maspeth RS Walt Whitman MM Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament 10/16/2015 PF R1 Hendrick Hudson AB Ft. Lauderdale HS Neg
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 CX R3 University CE Newark Science AM Neg
Yale Invitational 9/18/2015 CX R2 Lexington ZGu Institute for Collaborative Education YL Aff