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A lot of my opinions have already been expressed as well, but I still wanted to share them here.
(1) How has the additional one minute of Summary speech time affected Public Forum debates?
I really like how the additional minute has shaped the debates. It allows debaters to effectively summarize the debate while also allowing depth to be preserved.
(2) How has the additional one minute of prep time affected Public Forum debates?
To me, this has really leveled the playing field more in PF Debate. This allows debaters that need a touch more time to gather and collect their thoughts to better plan out their speech.
(3) Have the revised evidence paraphrasing rules caused a substantial change in practice? If so, please describe the positive or negative change.
I haven’t seen a change. I would recommend that paraphrasing of evidence remain in practice for a few reasons. As educators, we encourage our students to paraphrase evidence in research type projects. While yes, it allows someone to ‘spin the evidence,’ it also is up to the other teams to call out that use of evidence. It is a reflection of the world we live in that we must teach students to be vigilant about double checking evidence.
(4) Has the revised Grand Crossfire language caused a substantial change in practice? If so, please describe the positive or negative change.
No. I used to feel strongly about keeping Grand Crossfire, but I feel that it has evolved into a time where students bring up something new when it is too late to address it in the debate and allows teams to win with some judges because they don’t respond something that was brought up in Grand Cross. I would be OK with eliminating it at this point.
(5) Are you in favor of the 3 min Summary rule being passed as the official PF event rules? (Yes/No)
(6) Are you in favor of the 3 min prep time rule being passed as the official PF event rules? (Yes/No)
(1) I LOVE how the extra minute allows the debate to be collapsed effectively without there being too much information. Essentially, it prevents students from spreading in this speech to cram everything in in 2 minutes.
(2) I feel that it allows for students to actually prepare speeches. I would be in strong support to keep this change permanently as well!
(3) I haven’t noticed a substantial change in practice other than some students have been empowered to paraphrase more. I do agree that paraphrasing is an important life skill AND that there is a burden on our students to know the evidence, know to call for it when it sounds fishy, and to call it out at the end of the round. Anything can be misrepresented (paraphrased or not).
(4) I don’t think there has been a change in Grand Cross.
I think that anything that can be done to preserve PF as its own form of debate should be done! There is a reason that PF has been such a significant portion of the debate community across the nation right now.