Midterms disad

Generic Files



Awsare -- Deschooling K

"Those who are acquainted with long hours spent roaming among books, when every fragment, every codex, every initial encountered seems to open a new path, immediately left aside at the next encounter, ... know that not only can study can have no rightful end, but does not even desire one." - Giorgio Agamben
School has become the world religion of the modernized proletariat, and makes futile promises of salvation to the poor of the technological age. This generic demands a radical liberation from schools rather than a piecemeal liberation of schooling conditions. Deschooling entails an abolition of homo educandus and situates study as a stateless status without destination. We will study the works of Ivan Illich, Giorgio Agamben, Tyson Lewis, and others to trace the connections between education, sovereignty, productivity, and (im)potentiality.

Hampton – Critical Race Theory K


This generic group explores the theoretical framework known as critical race theory (CRT) as it relates to schooling and education policy in the US. Our research will be informed by critically examining society and culture through the intersections of race, law, and power.

Kennedy – Neoliberalism


In this generic, we will write a critique of neoliberal approaches to education policy. In particular, this criticism will target economic competitiveness, school choice, and education-as-workforce-training. If you're looking for a generic that falls between a Foucault seminar and a Jacobin madlib, than this research group is for you!

Klarman – Courts Negative





One big set of affirmative mechanisms that we predict will involve the Court system or the Supreme Court. These affirmatives are likely to be useful, as they answer the States Counterplan and complicate disadvantages about politics. As such, this group will be looking into negative arguments against the Courts.
The core negative arguments against the Courts are as follows: the Court Clog Disadvantage, the Court Legitimacy Disadvantage, the Hollow Hope Disadvantage, the Congress Counterplan, and the Amendments Counterplan. We will likely cut some or all of these positions as well as arguments about how Courts fail to solve generic advantages, such as signaling, resolving domestic issues, and the expansion of many amendments.

Malsin – States CP


We will produce the CP to have the 50 state governments implement the plan, rather than the federal government. We will also produce a version to use state courts instead of the Supreme Court. We'll discuss the process of researching CPs and how it differs from other kinds of negative research. We'll also discuss the theory behind the CP and its importance in the literature about education policy. We will sometimes work with the group producing the federalism DA, as the clearest net-benefit and thus our partner in crime.

Shook – Topicality


You will learn how to put together a complete topicality file, not just copy and paste definitions from an online dictionary.

Sigalos – Economy Core


The focus of this generic group will be researching the effects of federal education spending on the U.S. economy. The goal will be to develop various versions of the spending disadvantage as well as affirmative offense. This generic will include broader research on uniqueness arguments regarding the status of the U.S. economy right now, as well as impact arguments about whether or not economic growth is good or bad.

Spring – Federalism


"The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny." - James Madison

A political philosophy, constitutional structure, and a disad. We'll research the implications of the balance of federal and state control on democracy, domestic policy, and the world.