Every Christmas we ask for member feedback through an online survey. We put this feedback to work as we prepare for Semester 2 as well as the following school year. This announcement article gives a rundown of the feedback we received.
Which Debate Format Do You Most Download?
- 58.8% Policy
- 38.6% Lincoln-Douglas
- 6.8% Parli
- 6.8% Public Forum
- 2.3% Don’t do debate
Which Speech Format Do You Most Download?
- 36.4% Interp
- 34.1% Apologetics
- 27.3% Platform
- 22.7% Not into speech
- 18.2% Extemp
Which League Do You Compete In?
- 52.3% Stoa
- 40.9% NCFCA
- 6.8% NSDA
- 4.6% CCofSE
- 2.3% NCFL
Monument Members is a good resource, easy to use, and informative. The cases can be used, edited, used to gather evidence, and more. —Justus C., Pennsylvania
I love the help that Monument Members brings to my speech and debate career! They are so helpful and organized and professional. You can quote me 🙂 —Evan L., Virginia
Monument Members provides debaters with the materials they need to construct arguments for their own cases. I’ve used Monument Members for the past two years, and the resources on their website helped me improve my debating record and argument quality. —Lillian T., Georgia
The resources released by Monument are thoroughly researched and well written. They inform you quickly if any mistakes have been found in the documents and supply the corrected one. Questions are usually answered the same day you submit them. The Monument team provides an enjoyable and trusted resource during the debate and speech season. —Leah M., Virginia
The website is very well organized and the briefs that come out each week are easy to access and print out. We love that they are all uniformly formatted. Customer service is always superb! —Patricia M., Arkansas
Monument Members has significantly lessened the workload for TP briefs and allows me to get ideas for various arguments. It allows there to be less of a last-two-days before a tournament rush. Apart from the resources Monument offers, I’ve had a wonderful experience with customer service. Every time I’ve sent an email asking a question or anything of the sort, I’ve received a prompt and helpful reply. —Braeden F., Tennessee
As I’m primarily a team policy debate competitor, the commitment to weekly brief writing on this site is a life saver for me. I’m part of a very small club (only 2 other experienced TP teams), so I don’t always have the most evidence on neg. This site has allowed me to be far more prepared on that side of debate. —Addison E., Michigan
I love how you post actual cases and speeches on your website. It has helped me learn so much. —Conner Brown, TexasI really love this Monument Publishing. In my opinion you guys release the most top notch briefs out of all of the source books. They are always very detailed and have great arguments. I’ve been using this sourcebook since my first year and will definitely use it till I graduate. Thanks for helping all of your members to prepare better for tournament season. —Gavin G., Tennessee
Extemp area is very helpful. —Bob D., Florida
Monument Publishing is a great resource. Briefs, speeches, cases, and information galore is what you will be blessed with once you become a member. Monument helps me feel prepared and informed about topics I wouldn’t normally be familiar with. I print/download all the cases/briefs that I can and I’m looking forward to using them all in the 2019 competitive season! —Ellen V., Nebraska
I really appreciated the brief request email that was sent out. It is so nice to be able to have something that was personalized to a specific request, so I now no longer have to worry about not being able to properly rebut something. It also definitely feels like the people at Monument care about helping the students individually, not just about having a successful company. —Anonymous from Florida
Thanks to Monument, I have been able to understand speech and debate and succeed in many of my season goals. Every release leaves me better equipped to offer a defense for what I believe and to communicate well. Thanks for making Mondays something to look forward to! —Anonymous from Nebraska
So much info! —Alivia Y., Florida
Monument has been extremely helpful during my first year of debate. Being able to download the negative briefs quickly and easily helped me get started building evidence for the negative side. Without Monument Membership I would not have known where to start! The affirmative cases were a great way to get ideas. It’s nice to have a place to begin when building a case. Having Monument was incredibly useful as a first year debater. —Abigail S., Colorado
I don’t really want my name used, but I do appreciate how the cases have both the case, and how to oppose the case. It is helpful for my novice debater as he starts his debate journey! —Anonymous from Kansas
Monument membership has been a grand improvement over the firehose of information from a biannual book. My student especially appreciates being able to discuss the weekly debate case over the breakfast table every Monday morning. Monument Members has made it easy to incorporate consistent and nutritionally bite size chunks of debate theory into my young student’s weekly schedule. Thank you! —Michelle E., California
Monument is a wonderful resource because all of the authors are past champions who are willing to share their secrets to success. There are so many resources for students that are looking to elevate their knowledge in all areas of speech and debate. Monument stays on top of weekly emails and continues to build on their unmatched level of source material. —Mike D., Washington
The content and the offerings are an excellent value. —Danial L., California
- I really enjoy how much good quality content y’all put out. I feel like all of it is very purposeful and useful…not a ton of fluff. —Anna M., Arkansas
- Keep up the great work! We appreciate all you do to help equip us. —Maria S., Missouri
- Be more careful when uploading cases. Other than that, I suppose it’s fine. A few more Aff for LD cases might be nice.
- I would suggest adding additional applications to the LD cases, so that there could be more than one application for debaters to choose from when running arguments.
- I emailed a clarification question several months ago to Monument; the response I received was rather vague and didn’t completely answer my question. Although I was able to figure out the answer myself, it would be helpful if answers are written as fully as possible in the future.
- Keep up the great work! Thanks for what you do.
- It would be nice for you guys to release the negative before the aff cases. As well it would be nice if, for extemp leases, not only did you provide questions but also an outline of and some research and how it might be answered. Having some examples, like this, for novices would be great. Also, for the policy debate briefs, it would be better to have shorter neg briefs with stronger arguments as opposed to more neg briefs that are thicker but have weak arguments Within.
- In a lot of briefs, there is not a variety of sources and there has often been biased sources used continually. I have been in at least two rounds where I used a monument brief and almost all the evidence was from a single financially motivated source who was biased against the aff’s plan. This leads to an almost certain loss in the round. I would strongly recommend requiring brief writers to examine the credibility of every source they quote and if there is an issue, not being allowed to use it. It would also help to require at least five separate sources cited in a brief.
Personally, I would suggest not publishing so many aff cases. In the 3 years I’ve been debating, I’ve found my case independently and haven’t needed monument publishing to find an aff case. I’m sure it’s helpful to some people, especially novices, but I think it would be best to do less.
- Some general opening quotes, ideas, and tips for impromptu speeches might be nice, as I’m new to impromptu looking to improve
- In debate, it would be very helpful if one week you could post Aff. and Neg. C/X questions for Lincoln Douglas debate.
- I find it kinda annoying how you guys release a aff one week and then a neg the next. It makes me have to wait two full weeks to be able to access another negative brief. I understand that it takes time and that is probably why, but it can be a little frustrating the amount of time it takes to actually get a neg brief. This causes another detriment. You aren’t able to get in as many negative briefs and therefore your members are less prepared for tournaments when they come around. A way to fix this is to maybe release aff and neg briefs each week so we are able to be the most prepared we can be come tournament season. Also, (on a side note) the formatting for evidence you guys use is a little wonky. It’s not very easy to copy onto other documents so we can combine our own briefs with yours to condense the amount of papers we actually have to bring into a debate and so we can organize our speeches better.
- Please restore the Public Forum downloads!
- We gave the kids the membership as a Christmas present, so we really have not looked into the site.
- Monument Members has been a great resource for me, yet I would appreciate a list of everything I have access to as a member. I would love to see all the documents I can access/download/share and ease with it all. I was amazed with how much I was able to access, once I explored the website a bit.
- More relevant debate cases
- Currently nothing
- quality, not quantity of evidence. A lot of briefs cards say the same things, over and over again, just work on good briefs, not briefs with tons of cards.
- I have a hard time offering much criticism. Monument Membership has been incrementally improving every year. My student sometimes thinks that the cases written by the championship students don’t hold much water ~ but I tend to think that it is easier to tear down a case than to build one. Also, it is good critical thinking to be able to find holes in the cases’ arguments. Overall, I’m very pleased with our investment. Thank you for all of the effort you put into helping educate these debate students.
- One suggestion I have is to have more resources specifically for coaches on how to run practices. Maybe a curriculum that we can follow throughout the season.
- The timing of some of the debate releases is after our league tournaments, which makes the information not as useful for our needs.
- Maybe organize events into separate tabs, so you don’t have to search through all the different topics to find the week you missed. If you can’t remember whether it was last week’s email or the week before’s, you end up scrolling through a couple different week’s worth of events hunting for one specific post. If you could just click on, say, “Extemp” and find only Extemp stuff, that would be quite handy.
I suggest to add maybe a bit more in the speech downloads, like in duo, more suggestions on different versions on some books (like fairy tales) and more book suggestions or websites for Apologetics.
Would you like to add to this list?
We are still taking feedback. Go to our Midseason Feedback Form here and add your ideas. We’d love to hear from you!