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Competition, Community, and Educational Growth

Contemporary Perspectives on Competitive Speech and Debate

Edited By Kristopher Copeland and Garret L. Castleberry

Competition, Community, and Educational Growth: Contemporary Perspectives on Competitive Speech and Debate is an up-to-date text providing informed academic thought concerning the impact of forensics. Its primary focus is to demonstrate how the forensic activity allows students to actively engage and learn outside the classroom. Specifically, Competition, Community, and Educational Growth focuses on how students educationally grow through the activity. The book frames methods and pedagogy as best practices to provide educational growth for students and explicitly connect learning outcomes for students. Coming from the perspective of higher educational instructors, the book provides insight beyond the high school experience. Competition, Community, and Educational Growth examines contemporary perspectives on competitive speech and debate theory, experience, and methods of instruction.

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Chapter 1: Forensics’ Impact on Lived Experience of Millennials: A Phenomenological Inquiry (Ameena Amdahl-Mason / Priya Kapoor)

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CHAPTER   ONE

Forensics’ Impact on Lived Experience of Millennials: A Phenomenological Inquiry

AMEENA AMDAHL-MASON AND PRIYA KAPOOR

 

In 1903, John Dewey wrote “modern life means democracy, democracy means freeing intelligence for independent effectiveness—the emancipation of mind as an individual organ to do its own work.”1 The prevalence of fake news, uncited claims, and the rhetoric espoused in the current political climate, presses the need for reviving the conversation regards developing skills of research, and critical questioning in high-school through debate and forensics.2 Forensics affords an area where an “emancipation of the mind” can be fostered. Paolo Freire noted that:

[E]ducation either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.3

In this chapter, we argue that active participation in high school forensics can provide a valuable gateway for young people’s participation as citizens and in the transformation of their world.

The political climate in 2016 was largely shaped by the presidential campaign and the ensuing rivalry between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. This campaign is striking as it gave rise to a new era of yellow journalism in which fake news sources,...

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