A Rationale for Developing a Nationally Competitive National Debate Tournament Oriented Program
AbstractThis essay argues that NDT policy debate remains a viable option for those establishing a debate program. NDT debate is a specialized form of deliberative argument, distinct from, and complementary to, public advocacy. Competitive policy debate immerses debaters in a highly technical language game which reflects the need for specialization in contemporary society. Many of the critics of NDT debate fail to understand debate's function in training students in the modern world.