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Re: early release
Let me briefly explain. I teach virtually all courses in Communication
for our small college (830FT students.) I teach 4 sections of basic Comm
each semester and 2 upper division courses (different each semester.) I
advise most Communication majors. I serve on at least 3 faculty
committees. I advise both the radio and tv(cable) stations and supervise
a tv technical person. I have taught a groundbreaking interactive tv
comm class to 3 high schools. In addition, I take 8-10 debaters to 9-11
tournaments per year on a $10,000 budget and in-between try to squeeze in
dissertation work while teaching a summer school class.
What I really
love is debate--I do it for love--I have had a very steep learning curve
since I never competed as a collegian and my mind is continually
challenged by the innovative arguments (yes, I find nanotechnology and
artificial-life interesting as well.) Every year I am frustrated by how
little time I have to do research and teach research skills to a new crop
of mostly novice debaters. Having August to get a jump on research would
be like heaven to me. Yes, I may not have a life, but at least I would
be able to develop some decent positions in this endlessly fascinating
game. Thanks for listening to the personal anecdote.
Central Methodist College
Fayette, MO 65248 816-248-3392 x311
On Mon, 26 Feb 1996, Steve Woods wrote:
> Joe Carver Writes:
> >In response to S.J. Thompson:
> > When the "cost of the game" becomes exclusion and elitism, maybe the
> >game costs too much.
> > While I am impressed by your dedication to debate, I am not sure
> >that the message that accompanies it is what we should be endorsing(i.e
> >earlier release may crush some people but that's life).
> > As a community, we should be seeking ways to expand our reach and to
> >become more inclusive. Professor Korcok is right, the more difficult we
> >make it for smaller programs to remain competitive, the tighter the
> >circle will become.
> > Joe Carver
> > Northwestern State
> I still don't understand this claim without a warrant. Mike has no proof
> or real analysis why "smaller" (whatever that means) programs will be hurt
> by an earlier release. I believe people are jumping to the conclusion that
> early release means tougher to compete. I think no matter the release date
> schools who identify themselves at a disadvantage, are by definition at a
> disadvantage. Joe's post shows concern, but no basis in argument. It does
> not become true just because people affirm the spurious claims of others.
> Allow me a turn, I think early release makes it EASIER to outreach to new
> programs, or small programs, because they can focus on debate before
> classes, rather than trying to learn a new activity, and a new topic, all
> in conjunction with the crunch of the start of school. New/"small" schools
> would also get earlier access to handbooks and source books that can be
> produced earlier and more timely for competition. Established programs
> could also do workshops on new/"small" school campuses and share citations
> and other research help with new schools earlier on. Now how does it hurt
> new and small schools again?
> Waiting for an argument, not vague anxiety expressions.
> Steve Woods
> University of Vermont/Lawrence Debate Union
> (802)656-0599 firstname.lastname@example.org
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