Ann Bird Paradigm

Last changed 9 October 2016 7:49 AM EDT

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 Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 PF R7 Nova Sr BB Mission San Jose WK Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 PF R7 Dalton FU Walt Whitman HS Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 PF R5 NSU University CM Dalton JZ Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 PF R4 Regis MZ Nova Sr CB Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 PF R4 James Madison Memorial MS Byram Hills CR Con
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 PF R3 Ransom Everglades HS Hunter KK Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 PF R3 Dalton IG Charles W Flanagan SM Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 PF R2 Wayland RG Dalton FT Con
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 PF R2 Edgemont GG Millburn WW Con
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 PF R1 Princeton HL Horace Mann SK Con
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 PF R1 Stuyvesant FA Walt Whitman GG Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2015-10-16 PF Sexto- Princeton TS Walt Whitman AA Con Con 3-0
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2015-10-16 PF R7 Waring BL Ft. Lauderdale GH Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2015-10-16 PF R7 Riverdale Country BS Millburn KM Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2015-10-16 PF R6 Waring HD Nightingale Bamford AY Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2015-10-16 PF R6 Trinity IR Masters HM Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2015-10-16 PF R5 Horace Mann CM Freehold Townshipi WV Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2015-10-16 PF R5 Summit CC Scarsdale GQ Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2015-10-16 PF R4 Newton South SD North Allegheny Senior AN Con
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2015-10-16 PF R4 Summit SG Hackley WT Pro
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2015-10-16 PF R2 Success Academy DM Acton Boxborough AJ Con
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2015-10-16 PF R1 Hendrick Hudson AB Ft. Lauderdale HS Con
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2015-10-16 PF R1 Maspeth RS Walt Whitman MM Con
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 CX R3 University CE Newark Science AM Neg
Yale Invitational HS 2015-09-18 CX R2 Lexington ZGu Institute for Collaborative Education YL Aff