The Value Criterion Academy
The best, most convenient debate training ever.
The Value Criterion Academy exists to innovate debate. Our training is all online.
Consistent with our mission, VC Academy guarantees the best instruction at the best price.
What's wrong with traditional debate camps?
We believe it’s simple – Cost, Convenience, and Quality. First, you're asked to pay too much for what you're getting. Many of your expenses, like housing, meals, and airfare, are not directly related to your debate education. Some of these aren't even included in your expensive tuition.
Second, you may want to be taught by the very best instructors, but camps can't guarantee you’ll be assigned them. For the topics you are most interested in learning, say philosophy debate, you'll likely only get piecemeal answers over the course of camp rather than a distilled and efficient course of study. Finally, you'll likely find that your instructors haven't prepared any actual learning materials. Instructors often tell students to "go write cases" without giving them the tools to do so and don't give proper feedback.
As former debaters and coaches, we've designed the Academy to address these problems and provide a high-quality, fast-paced learning experience for students. We are a group of experienced instructors whose goal is to help you become a better debater. Check out our programs now!
Why join our Academy?
Premier Instructors. We just have access to the best instructors, especially because we aren't constrained by geography.
Tailored Curriculum. We don't just deliver material; every part of our program is designed to make sure you truly master it.
Convenience and cost. We don't want you to pay for transport, lodging, or other debate camp frills.
We offer intensive, focused courses designed to help you master a specific and essential debate skill. To ensure this, all our programs feature:
- Interactive webinars with premier instructors
- Special course materials and evaluation metrics
- Regular, individualized and in-depth feedback
- One-on-one personal coaching
Seats are always limited to ensure highest-quality instruction. Get the training you need – sign up for available seminars now!
How it works
You'll begin with one of your regular classes with a premier instructor, who will answer your and your peers' questions about an essential topic and tell you what you need to know, all from the comfort of your own home. These are group classes, so we guarantee you will learn from the very best instructors. Each class is then followed by homework assignments designed to guide you through the material. You'll receive individualized feedback on each piece of your work. Instructors will be reachable before, during, and after class should you have questions. Finally, if you opt for a drill package, you'll schedule one-on-one sessions throughout the program to practice your new skills with targeted drills. The class is fast-paced but tells you exactly what you need to know – in just a short amount of time, you'll have mastered a new debate skill!
Have to miss a class? Not to worry! All our classes are also recorded should you need it.
VC Academy Scholarship
Consistent with our mission, we want to make our programs accessible to all students, regardless of background. Both need-based and merit-based scholarships are available, especially for small schools. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you are interested in our scholarship program!
VC ACADEMY SUMMER
Dates: July 31-August 4
Meets daily 7:30-9:30pm EST (4:30-6:30pm PST).
Our foundational, all-purpose debate trainer. Builds core skills to understand and systematically attack opposing arguments. An emphasis on application, with examples drawn from policy arguments, current events, and philosophy. This is our flagship program (also run under the title "Refutation Bootcamp"), which focuses on the key argumentative concepts and skills for success at high-level Lincoln-Douglas debate.
Topics covered include: Mastering argument structure and comparing advocacies, Attacking the link and the impact, Effectively comparing evidence, Understanding and controlling uniqueness, Efficient and strategic weighing, Mastering persuasion and style.
Dates: July 17-21
Meets daily 7:30-9:30pm EST (4:30-6:30pm PST).
A weeklong program on effective coaching strategies. Helpful for new and experienced coaches alike. Discusses insights for what works and what doesn’t for different kinds of students from years of camp and season coaching experience. Intended as a supplement to our other programs, for which coaches are welcome (class times slightly modified).
Topics covered include: Best practices for organizing your team, Coordinating team preparation, Delivering effective lectures, Testing for understanding and mastery, Designing drills, Coaching at tournaments, Other topics as requested by coaches.
To be a champion, learn from champions!
Our staff are the very best at Lincoln-Douglas debate, and more importantly, the very best at teaching you how to win at it. Because of our online training system, we can afford to bring in the instructors that would be among the top at any camp and guarantee you will work with them.