Education is totalllyy legit if ran well. You don't say, "Aff is robbing us of learning because this case has nothing to do with the resolution and the resolution is all we care about.
" You have to explain it. Tell the judge why
education matters. This round won't benefit you or the aff or the judge substantially in the future because, theoretically, you're not going to hit the case again because it's non-topical. Therefore, it's a round wasted. Also, having non-topical cases running throughout the year adds an extra research burden because it pressures every neg team to research non-T cases, which they absolutely shouldn't have to. That takes away the time we can spend researching topical cases. Finally, if you have no evidence, you can point out that no one gets any education because neg can't run any cards since they don't have them, due to the fact that we have no clue what non-T cases we could hit.
I think it works a lot better if you run it that way--making it clearly about education--than just saying "this isn't fair, this gives us a research burden and hurts the round." Explain why
it hurts the round. Explain why non-T cases should be voted against--so that affs don't run them again. This is academic debate.
We're supposed to be learning, not trampled over.
In my experiences, judges don't like wishy-washy impacts that aren't explained well. You can't just say, "Impact 1. Fairness. They're nooot being fairrrrrrrrr. We didn't knowwww they were going to run that case!" While technically, fairness is a completely true and reasonable argument, it sounds whiny and judges don't like it. You have to really explain why T matters and how voting against aff isn't just going to cut you a break in the round, but keep everyone in the rules of the game and prevent negs in the future from having to waste time researching and debating a non-topical case.
_________________Brenna Bakke, Veritas CAAdorable Speecher
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