Dominant Design of Speech and Debate

The following is taken from Monument Publishing’s Ironman Curriculum, a curriculum I help rewrite every year with my team of writers and coaches. It is due for release August 1, 2015. Click here to preview lesson plans and syllabi.

I believe we have a dominant design for modern education. I’m a home school dad, but my roots are in public education (my undergraduate work is in secondary English education). But the lines have blurred quite a bit in today’s educational market. Home education, charter education, private education, online education, and public education all are trying to embrace the best educational model for growing kids.

NITOC 2012

Picture taken during the final round at NITOC 2012.

Debaters in Prison

Washington State University debate students went into Coyote Ridge Corrections Center and taught these prisoners parli debate. EVERY DEBATER I KNOW should watch and share this video and realize the power of the activity that they are trained.

“The walls that keep us out also keep people from coming in…Maybe breaking down those walls, allowing ideas to flow back and forth, not punishing them by denying their own humanity to be able to converse. Being tough on crime cannot just mean that we lock people away for 10, 20 or 30 years, it has to mean that we take responsibility for the fact that they are coming back to our communities.”

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The Harsh Parenting Question

"So what?" is an excellent question in parenting and in life.

I sent my highly gifted and talented son Micah to South Carolina to work on his cousin’s farm. My other sons are likely to follow later. Why? Largely because of a question we’ve been asking of our children lately whenever they speak of how great life is in their young and comfortable home: “So what?”

I want my sons to turn their talents into impacts.

I want my sons to turn their talents into impacts.

Measuring Graduation

I watched the Thunderbirds fly over our home — just a few miles north of the Academy — for the Air Force Academy graduation. It reminded me of this article published in 2011.

I took an Excursion full of Jeubs to a homeschool graduation party last night. Six students were graduating — all speech and debate students — several Training Minds alumni. Over a hundred people assembled on a ranch and, despite some hefty rain, we all enjoyed the celebration of these young people graduating from high school.

On graduations: The real measurement is where they will be in a few years.

U.S. Air Force Academy graduates throw their hats in the air as the Thunderbirds fly overhead signaling the end of the Air Force Academy graduation ceremony, Colorado Springs, Colo., May 30, 2007. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie A. Thurlby (released)

Monument Publishing Authors at NITOC

You, too, could be like these champions in 2016

I had an absolute blast at the Stoa National Invitational Tournament of Champions (NITOC). Though my family didn’t compete this year, I flew to Greenville, South Carolina to join the festivities as a vendor and businessman. The tournament’s champions will be joining me on many of my endeavors. Let me explain.

Sourcebook contributors often end up here.

Sourcebook contributors often end up walking the stage at NITOC.