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A Rationale for Events to be Included in all I.E. Competition


It has been said that forensics should be viewed as humanistic education. Forensic educators are to provide a wholesome and exciting learning environment where students are encouraged to develop positive attitudes toward ideas, themselves, others, and society at large. Any meaningful exchange regarding which I.E. events should be offered must consider these components. Robert O. Weiss capsulized the importance of these considerations when he said "Events are of more value when they approximate a simulation of what actually goes on in human communication, or when they contribute directly to the public discourse."

With these introductory comments in mind, let's now turn to a brief analysis of each of the classifications of events (limited prep, prepared events and oral intetp. events) in an attempt to determine if the criteria for inclusion are met.

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