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It’s No Longer High School Debate, It’s High School Intimidation

Last month, we reported that high school debates – one of the best ways to teach critical thinking – are becoming so “woke” that some judges are banning arguments in favor of free markets.

Now James Fishback, a former debate champion, has updated his original article for The Free Press to report things are worse than he thought:

“The National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) has allowed hundreds of judges with explicit left-wing bias to infiltrate the organization. These judges proudly display their ideological leanings in statements—or “paradigms”—on a public database maintained by the NSDA called Tabroom, where they declare that debaters who argue in favor of capitalism, or Israel, or the police, will lose the rounds they’re judging.”

Debate Judge Zachary Reshovsky says “microaggressions will be considered” in marking down debaters.

The University of Minnesota offers a two-page list of examples of verboten terms, including: “America is a melting pot,” “There is only one race, the human race,” and “I believe the most qualified person should get the job.”

NSDA debates—once a forum for the open exchange of ideas—have become a minefield of political correctness.

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