The Speech and Debate Leagues

This Google Spreadsheet Compares the Similarities and Differences

I have a much broader perspective of academic speech and debate than most. While the typical coach or student narrows their peripheral vision to just their league, I have an inherent need to stay flexible. So I created a Google Spreadsheet to explain the diversity among the three leagues I focus most on: NSDA, NCFCA and Stoa.

A most fulfilling adventure: the speech and debate community.

A most fulfilling adventure: the speech and debate community.

Monument Publishing Memes

Keeping humor in the most serious forensic sport

Yesterday’s Parli rounds started with the resolution: “This House believes Batman would be a better president than Superman.” This was my Noah and Tabitha’s debut into parliamentary debate. It made me think of this meme…

Weekly memes coming your way via Monument Monday.

Weekly memes coming your way via Monument Monday.

The West’s Response to Brussels Is Wrong

And the correct response isn't difficult to imagine.

Am I the only person who sees the lacking vision in Western thought today? It does not appear that any of our leaders (or potential leaders) has a reasonable response to the tragedy in Brussels, and a reasonable response is not too difficult to imagine.

From ABC News: President Obama explains to nodding press why he's in Cuba watching baseball instead of responding to an attack on a member NATO nation.

From ABC News: President Obama explains to a nodding press why he’s in Cuba watching baseball instead of responding to an attack on a member NATO nation.

Ideas for Our Growing Alumni Population

Guess who I hung out with at the National Invitational Tournament of Champions last year? Two “alumni,” now 26, who are legends in the homeschool speech and debate circuit. Our visit sprung a few ideas for alumni who, I suspect, are the untapped audience of any forensics league.

Alumni

Selfie with Cody and Travis Herche, twin legends from about a decade ago.

Public and Home School Speech and Debate

Making sense of the many opportunities in several educational options

My enthusiasm for speech and debate is broader than most think. As you know, I’m leading publisher in three specific leagues (NSDA, NCFCA, Stoa), but I’m often caught in the confusion between public and home schools. This article will try to sort out the two.

Judges and others observe a student performance at a speech competition.

Judges and parents observe a student performance at a speech competition.

Empowering Young People Close Up

Like Paul Ryan and I did in 8th grade, so is my daughter and her class

I was one of twenty Catholic 8th graders who bussed across the country to Washington, D.C. in 1984. It was our class trip, and one of us was Paul Ryan, today the most powerful man in the US Congress.

Chris Jeub and Paul Ryan

Despite the Secret Service photo bombers, Paul and I connected on the 2012 campaign trail in Colorado.