Kevin Wright ParadigmLast changed 10/2 12:13P EDT
I am an old school traditionalist but appreciate and have adapted to the evolution of modern debate.
A strong argument unchallenged pays big dividends. A strong argument, weakly challenged, pays dividends as does a weak yet unchallenged argument.
The presentation of the argument is nearly as important as the quality of the argument. a well developed argument is understandable. I prefer debate to be intelligent, articulate, and persuasive and not a speed-talking amass of statistical evidence. I have to be able to comprehend and flow the internal logic of your arguments. If you are clear, enunciate well, with good diction and voice inflection it helps me understand the key parts of what you are saying.
Evidence is important, but spend time talking about the implications of evidence and making analytical comparisons between arguments. Description of arguments through analogy, examples, testimony, or hypothetical situations is a more persuasive style of debate than just presenting statistics. Commissions of logic fallicies, especially those challenged by the opposition carry weight.
Debaters should take the time to create good cross-examinations. Use them to reveal the fallacies of your opponents' arguments and how their claims appear to run counter to probable impacts or how their silence or ambiguities are cause to vote against their conditional claims. Concluding arguments demonstrate an understanding of what was most important in the debate to that point.
Everyone in the debate should be courteous through-out the debate. Winning arguments are quality arguments, not necessarily plentiful ones.
Show that you are having fun while making clear how your arguments matter and why you should win!
Extensive instructional experience in the military and as a civilian-as adjunct faculty at Columbus State University and Georgia State University as a professor of Political Science. A former full time SROTC instructor at the University of Tennessee at Martin. Five years service as Senior Army Instructor at Centennial High School, Roswell GA, Hephzibah HS, Augusta, GA and Monarch HS Coconut Creek, FL. Served as a US Army officer 1983-2006 retiring as a lieutenant colonel with two Iraq combat deployments.
University of Louisville (01/01/1997 - 1 May 2007 Graduate) Louisville, Kentucky Degree: MA - Major: Political Science
United States Military Academy (07/02/1979 - 05/25/1983) West Point, New York Degree: BS - Major: BS International Affairs
Training - Near East and North Africa Regional Seminar (05/26/1995) US State Department Foreign Service Institute intensive seminar to prepare government employees for foreign service in the Middle East.
RELEVANT DEBATE & DRAMA EXPERIENCE
Baldwin City HS, KS 1975-1979 Debate Team. 1978 Kansas State Debate Champion. 1979 4th Place Kansas State Debate Championship
Forensics: Improvisational Duo, Extemporaneous Speaking
Drama: Supporting actor roles 4 years HS theater productions-character actor, impersonations, voices