SPEAKER POINTS CLARIFIED II
I know that some parents think that speaker points represent a “grade” in debate skills, but it doesn’t. Speaker points on the ADL Ballot have nothing to do with either you win or lose, as they are two separate categories. Speaker points are only used as a tiebreaker.
In reality, winning a round shows your true debate skills such as “persuasion through logic and evidence.” On the other hand, speaker points simply reveal that you were “loud, clear, and polite.”
THERE ARE SEVERAL PROBLEMS WITH SPEAKER POINTS:
- Each judge is different; some are stingy and some are generous with points. For example, stingy judges might give students points ranging from 18 – 25, while generous judges give points ranging from 25-30. Therefore, unlucky students who get stingy judges will have near impossible chance of winning speaker awards.
- Because speaker points doesn’t represent your debate skills, but your vocal delivery, a student with a loud, clear, high-pitched voice will often receive higher speaker points.
- By the same logic, judges tend to give your high-pitched female partner higher speaker points as opposed to the male partner with a lower, deeper voice.
- Judges usually give more speaker points to the second speaker because second speaker does the rebuttal, the fighting in the debate, the most cogent and persuasive arguments in the round in order to win.
- Judges also give lower speaker points to debaters who speak too slow, speak too fast, stutter, or silent.
- Judges also give lower speaker points to overly aggressive or rude debaters.
I hope you finally comprehended this difference, and understand that winning is more important in debate as opposed to speaker points, as speaker points often fluctuate too wildly on luck (what kind of judges you get), or the voice type (high/low, male/female), proving that it really has nothing to do with your child’s mental ability. In fact, NSDA does not give NSDA points to students with high speaker points; rather, it gives NSDA points to students who not only win debate (4 points each round), but even lose (2 points each round).
HEALTHY CONCEPT OF WINNING
For so long as your child is learning and improving, your child is winning, even if s/he never wins in the tournament. Remember why your child is learning to debate: 1) because everything in life comes down to one’s ability to communicate; 2) debate is the highest stimulant for brain and best food for critical thinking; 3) debate students become most distinguished leaders of the world; and 4) the new SAT was designed by a former debate champion, David Coleman, and requires debate skills more than ever.
SPEAKER POINTS聲明 二
我知道有些家長認為speaker points代表著辯論技巧的”成績”，但其實不是。speaker points在ADL評分表中跟輸贏沒有任何關係，他們是兩個分開的項目。speaker points只用在延長賽。
- Speaker points雖然不代表你的辯論技巧卻是你聲音的傳達，一個有著大聲、清楚及聲調高的學生通常會得到較高的分數。
- 一樣的道理，裁判傾向於給音調高的女生較高的speaker points，相反的有著低沉聲音的男生較低的speaker points。
- 裁判通常給第二的說話者較多的speaker points，因為第二個說話者做的反駁，是辯論裡的搏鬥，在回合為了能贏，提出最讓人信服且最有說服力的論點。
我希望你最終能夠理解這個差異也了解在辯論中獲勝比speaker points重要，speaker points會因為運氣的因素有太廣的波動（遇到什麼樣的裁判），或是聲音的不同（高/低，男/女），證明這與您的孩子的心智能力無關。事實上，NSDA並沒有把NSDA分給那些講話點數高的學生; 相反，它給NSDA分數的學生不僅贏得辯論（每輪4分），甚至輸（每輪2分）。
只要是您的孩子正在學習及進步，您的孩子就是贏的，就算他/她不曾在比賽中獲勝。記得您孩子為什麼學習辯論：1. 因為在生活中的每個東西都涉及到溝通的能力。2. 辯論對頭腦有最大的刺激也是批判性思考的最好糧食。3. 辯論學生成為世界卓越的領導人。最後4. 新制SAT是由前任辯論冠軍-David Coleman所設計，要求比以前更多的辯論技巧。