So guys, I am finishing my first novice year, and want to know if anyone can relate.
My record was this through all of my tournaments I went to.
1-1-2 (2 ties fml)
The tournaments where I go 3-1, 4-1,3-1 I have a partner who I boss around. control. The other 2 where I went 1-3, 1-1-2. I had a partner who was really good. Does anyone else do really well when they have a partner they can control?
Also, what exactly is next years topic on education?
and, should I move to varsity?
First thing, you should not have that kind of relationship with your partner. One partner should specialize in the aff (the 2a) and the other should specialize in the neg (the 2n). When the 2a asks the 1a "can you please extend x y and z in the 1ar because i wanna go for those", the 1a typically should do it. And vice versa for whatever the 2n wants to see happen in the block.
Past that, there should be no "control". You're a team. Your prep and ultimately your success comes from a collaborative effort. You can't and shouldn't be calling all the shots. It may work in novice but don't get used to that. You need your partner and you need them to be just as involved in things as you are.
Next year's topic is "Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States". No one really knows what the major arguments are gonna be. Right now most people anticipate a very k-slanted year, with shallow policy neg ground like the federalism DA and states CP. In terms of affs, people have been throwing around ideas: STEM education, special needs education, stuff like that, but no one really knows how it will play out
and yeah, as baudrillbabe said you'll have to move to varsity eventually. At least in my experience, the difference between novice and varsity is like night and day, so if you've got the basics down, you're better off making the switch sooner rather than later