Editor's Note: We are trying to bring debatable issues in the community to the forefront. Important contemporary issues are discussed at national tournaments, national conventions, and even at the average weekend tournament. But rarely are these issues written about in our journals. To foster those discussions, and in an effort to document some of the history of intercollegiate forensics, we will have an “Issue Debate” in each issue of Speaker & Gavel. For this issue, two well-known and successful coaches (and top-notch extempers in their day) debate the issue of note card use in extemporaneous speaking. We have seen this topic debated at length at multiple national events. But the interaction is limited to less than a minute per speaker and usually involves a dozen different speakers with two dozen different reasons as to why the event description language should or should not be changed. A journal’s format provides an opportunity for two scholars, well-versed in the activity, to express their reasoning on the issues related to this topic. It is an interesting read, and both sides make valid arguments.
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Kennedy, Joseph and Carter, Jonathan
"Issue Debates: Notecards in Extemporaneous Speaking,"
Speaker & Gavel: Vol. 53
, Article 13.
Available at: http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/speaker-gavel/vol53/iss1/13