A Rationale for Events to be Included in all I.E. Competition
This paper takes the position that the maturation of forensics as an activity tends to lead to the institutionalization of internal criteria which do not meet the assumptions others may hold about the goals of desirable programs of speech training. I believe the active pursuit of change for the sake of a dynamic, progressive enterprise is necessary to ensure the continued health, vitality and accepted legitimacy of this educational opportunity. Others may find virtue where I see vice: The continuing value of Individual Events for its participants is made manifest in most participants. However, as more departments decide to cut our budgets rather than some other area, and as more student governments seek to trim a budget of "least essential" items, we must question whether the qualities we desire are recognized by those who provide our ability to exist If those desired qualities are not clear to others, we must question the elements or conditions which make the communication of our goals difficult. To retain or regain our integral role in many institutions, we must discover the means to assert our essential function as communication educators providing students with important skills through a specialized form of instruction. We may wish to re-examine the degree to which our events reflect to those outside the activity the educational ends for which we strive.
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Dunlap, David Douglas
"A Rational for Events: An Agenda for Change,"
Proceedings of the National Developmental Conference on Individual Events: Vol. 1
, Article 25.
Available at: https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/ndcieproceedings/vol1/iss1/25