The Harms of the Compliance Mentality (JO)

I've been involved with my home school speech league for ten years.  Before that, I taught public school where I coached in a different league.  Before THAT, I competed myself in yet another league.  All of those leagues have operated  with rules.  Honestly, no one really loves rules.  We understand the importance of them in maintaining a level playing field, but we don't really love them.  Our human nature longs to kick against them and give ourselves more room.  And when we do, we are in error.  Becoming hyper sensitive to rules and every potential violation of those rules is the equal but opposite error.  It creates a litigious environment where we are on the look-out for rules violators we can haul off to the compliance team to be punished.   There are some dangerous harms in leaning to that side of the balance...

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New 2017-2018 Speech Rules to Play By… (Bonus Vlog too!)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=thjRL55sV4A

Last week, we analyzed some of the new speech categories offered in NCFCA and Stoa. Both leagues do an annual evaluation of their general and event rules for the purpose of making sure that the rules are clear and actually impact the work of students in the desired way.  Over the last year of competition, the leadership has been gathering up information about where misinterpretation or misdirection occurred, so the new language in rules for the new year is there to try to eliminate that confusion or error.   The following is NOT a comprehensive list.

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