Michael Forte Paradigm

Last changed 3 October 2020 6:19 AM EDT

I have coached and judged public forum debate for over 10 years. I teach high school history, including various AP courses, and I have master's degrees in History and Education Administration. That being said, I am well versed in most topics. I can handle speed, but prioritize clarity, especially when it comes to speaker points.

The style of argumentation I teach in my classroom focuses on the Toulmin Model of Argumentation. Claims/contentions should be supported by grounds and evidence. Warrants should be used to validate evidence and impacts should be used to weigh arguments. I am not opposed to other styles of organization, that is just what I teach in my classroom.

Courtesy to your opponents is highly appreciated. Make sure you do not contradict yourself or your partner. Rebuttals should attack all your opponents' contentions and framework, addressing flaws in their logic and outweighing their evidence.

Off time roadmaps are acceptable as long as they are brief and succinct. A well organized rebuttal that attacks your opponent's arguments in order shows your skills as a debater.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
New Jersey District Tournament HS 2021-02-20 PF R6 121 242 CON CON 3-2
New Jersey District Tournament HS 2021-02-20 PF R3 149 261 CON
New Jersey District Tournament HS 2021-02-20 PF R1 148 306 PRO
Yale University Invitational HS 2020-10-01 VPF Triple Walt Whitman SD Northview MC Con Pro 2-1
Yale University Invitational HS 2020-10-01 VPF R5 Delbarton SM West Des Moines Valley NS Pro
Yale University Invitational HS 2020-10-01 VPF R4 Eleanor Roosevelt AJ Poly Prep Country Day ML Pro
Yale University Invitational HS 2020-10-01 VPF R2 Heritage Christian MZ Suncoast Comm GS Pro
Yale University Invitational HS 2020-10-01 VPF R1 Trinity Prep ZL Southlake Carroll BB Con
William Tennent Invitational HS 2019-11-02 VPF Semi Ridge WK Unionville PS Pro Pro 3-0
William Tennent Invitational HS 2019-11-02 JVPF Quarte Delbarton BS Summit FB Pro Con 2-1
William Tennent Invitational HS 2019-11-02 JVPF R2 CR North LM Westfield GW Pro
William Tennent Invitational HS 2019-11-02 VPF R1 Academy At Palumbo WS Strath Haven BB Con