It is my concern that we have created a culture that is primarily focused on qualifying for a national tournament rather than on the pursuit of excellence in performance. This "culture of qualifying" is just like any other culture: it has norms, rules and rituals. It has expected behaviors and offers rewards to those who meet those expectations and punishments to those who don't. When this "culture of qualifying" replaces or supersedes other missions or goals of forensics competition, the following three problems result.
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"AFA-NIET: The Culture of Qualifying and Its Effets on Forensics,"
Proceedings of the National Developmental Conference on Individual Events: Vol. 3:
1, Article 19.
Available at: https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/ndcieproceedings/vol3/iss1/19