The LDEP plans to approach the task of improving the educational value of LD through two steps:
We have completed most of our work in Phase 1, and we are now moving on to phase two. This will involve both top-down and grassroots efforts. We will try to get major national tournaments to adopt our recommendations and use that as an engine for broader change. We will also be working with the NFL to encourage the adoption of formal rules for LD that are consistent with our educational goals. But we will also encourage smaller and more local tournaments to adopt our recommendations in order to encourage productive changes for the many debaters who never compete on the national circuit.
Below is the initial list of documents that we planned to work on. The ones in green have been completed, and are available on our "Downloads" page. The ones in red are still being worked on.
Lobbying for Change:
The LDEP has no official power over its members or any element of LD debate. We simply seek to convince and persuade people to adopt our suggestions, in whole or in part, in the long term interests of the students who participate in this activity.
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