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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 15: Forensics as Practice (Stephen Llano)

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CHAPTER   FIFTEEN

Forensics as Practice

STEPHEN LLANO

 

Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh writes, “our politics, education, and cultural consumption happen on a global scale…A new global order calls for a new global ethic. A global ethic is the key to addressing the true difficulties of our time.”1Instead of being ethical, Hahn wants us to practice ethics. This is an important distinction. Seeing ethics as a practice changes one’s view from duality to non-duality. It creates a spirit of interconnectivity. Most importantly, it creates freedom for the practitioner. This is not preparation for the future nor is it making oneself a “type” of person. This is daily, repetitive practice addressed to the world.

[A Buddhist Ethic] is based on observing and understanding the world with mindfulness, concentration, and insight. It begins with an awareness of the nonduality of subject and object, and the interconnectedness of all things. It is a practice that can be accepted by everyone…when you train yourself in this practice, you will see that you have more freedom.2

Practicing an ethic becomes an act of freedom. Instead of thinking of ethics as preparatory, or prior to acting, ethics becomes a continual act. We can think of ethics as something we practice in order to be ourselves.

Forensics in the twentieth century has not had this attitude. Tournament competition is the reason for practice. Intercollegiate competition was the...

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