I watched the NDT (National Debate Tournament) special on College Sports TV tonight. I’m glad they do a show on the NDT because it can provide a small glimpse to people who have never been in debate what it is about.
Debate was a huge part of my life for a long time, both as a debater and a coach. I know a lot of people that read this site were/are the same way.
Its something that I’m glad to be done with and miss all at the same time. It’s like a cruel girlfriend that you don’t want to leave.
If you have no exposure to academic debate, I’ll I can say is that if you can get your kids to do one thing when they’re in high school, get them to join the debate team. If possible, have them do policy debate. (and I hate to break this to the LD people, but policy is about 100x more intense and rewarding than LD can ever be).