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Binghamton Speech & Debate

Proposition: Ben Slive (A.D. Henderson School (FAU)) vs. Opposition: Daniela Arnold (Unaffiliated)

Judge: becca steiner (University of Georgia)

Resolution: Finals Week: Kids should get to set their own bedtimes.

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    Ben Slive

    Daniela Arnold
    Daniela Arnold
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    Posted at May 18, 2020 05:46:27PM EST by Ben Slive



    None available for this speech.

    Posted at May 19, 2020 08:32:51PM EST by Daniela Arnold



    Kelly McGonigal, “The Superpowers of Candy,” Psychology Today, Oct. 26, 2010, at

    “Halloween Candy by the Numbers,” WSB-TV, Oct. 29, 2019, at

    John Anderer, “Oh, the Horror! Parents Steal A Third of Their Kids’ Halloween Candy, Survey Reveals,” Study Finds, at

    “Teaching Kids to Share,” Aha! Parenting, at

    Scott Mautz, “The most successful kids have parents who play 8 roles, says Harvard,” Business Insider, Apr. 10, 2020, at

    “Research Finds kids share when it’s done by choice,” Cornell Chronicle, Aug. 19, 2013, at

    Posted at May 20, 2020 09:26:23PM EST by Ben Slive



    Posted at May 21, 2020 08:58:55PM EST by Daniela Arnold



    “Why Kids Shouldn’t Be Forced to Share (And What To Do Instead), Jan. 21, 2020, Updated Feb. 11, 2020, at

    Judy Dutton, “How Forcing Kids to Share is ‘Traumatizing’ Them, CafeMom, May 5, 2015, at

    Dyuff, Birch et al., “Candy Consumption Patterns, Effect on Health, and Behavioral Strategies to Promote Moderation,” Adv Nutr. 2015 Jan; 6(1): 139S-146S, at

    “Calories in Skittles Fun Size,” SparkPeople, at

    “Parental Responsibility Laws and Personal Injury,” NOLO, at

    Jamie Ballard, “Most Parents Steal At Least A Few Pieces of Their Kid’s Halloween Candy,” YouGov, Oct. 22, 2019, at

    “Milk and Dark Chocolate Consumption in the U.S., 2010, by Age Group,” Statista Research Department, Jul. 20, 2012, at

    Posted at May 22, 2020 09:36:44PM EST by Ben Slive




    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at May 23, 2020 09:56:24PM EST by becca steiner

    Category Ben Slive Daniela Arnold
    Use of evidence: 5 5
    Delivery skill: 6 6
    Coherence of arguments: 4.5 5
    Responsiveness to opponent: 5 6
    Identification of key points: 6 6
    Comments: strengths: great enthusiasm!! good volume! good use of outside research.
    places to improve: try to use more hand gestures! offer more eye contact with the judge. share with the judge what year your outside research is from. The final speech would benefit from an example of when your parents forced you to share candy and that experience built generosity, rather than the piano example. Try to bring in an example related to food/candy and sharing.
    strengths: good organization! good use of outside research! good emphasis of key points.
    places to improve: you can increase your volume a little bit so the judge can hear your voice easier. share the year your studies were published.

    The decision is for the Opposition: Daniela Arnold

    Reason for Decision:

    This was a good debate

    In the final two speeches, the proposition's main points were that kids should be forced to share candy to help build generosity, kids eating too much candy causes negative health effects, and kids should share because parents taking candy from kids is somewhat inevitable anyway. The opposition's main points were that kids being forced to share will not build empathy because being forced/coerced is not genuine, candy isn't as bad for health as the proposition says, and that parents are not being good role models if they force kids to share or if they steal candy inevitably.

    I was more persuaded by the opposition team because the rebuttal/closing was very effective. The opposition rebuttal/closing identified every single proposition point and produced evidence or reasoning to counter each point. The best debating and line by the line refutation happened in this speech.

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