Congressional Debate

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    Tournament 4 February 3rd at Sterling 

    Morning: 1-5

    Afternoon: 6-10


    The legislation order will be set at the start of the session. Please come prepared to debate both sides on the items that are of particular interest to you; all representatives should be prepared to speak about any item set forth in the docket, even if they have not researched those items extensively.  There are no guarantees that all items will be covered in session, so debaters may need to improvise a speech in order to be scored in the chamber.  
     
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Lincoln Douglas Debate

  • Spring 2024 Topic
     
    Resolved: On balance, the use of artificial intelligence in art, music, and literature is undesirable.

Policy Debate

  • 2023-2024 Topic
     

    Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase fiscal redistribution in the United States by adopting a federal jobs guarantee, expanding Social Security, and/or providing a basic income.

     
     

Public Forum Debate

  • February Topic

    Resolved: The United States federal government should ban single-use plastics.

World Schools Debate

  • Tournament 4 Prepared Motion 
     
    Rounds 2+3 will use of the following motion: 

    This House would implement a compulsory national service system

    No printed materials are allowed in the round except one dictionary and almanac or encyclopedia per team.  
     
    Rounds 1+4 will use impromptu motions announced one hour prior. 
     
    Old Topics  (DO NOT PREPARE THESE TOPICS)
    This House would introduce recall elections for Supreme Court or constitutional judges.  
    This House supports a maximum age limit for national office holders in the United States.  
    "This House would ban combat drones"  
    This House would require governments to release information regarding encounters with UFOs.
    This house would implement a state-wide rail system in Texas.
    "This House believes that public health ought to be prioritized over individual liberty."
    This house would restrict the quantity of homework that schools can assign
    This house believe that the United States should grant Puerto Rico statehood. 
    This House believes that, in the United States, national service ought to be compulsory.
    This House believes that deployment of anti-missile systems is in South Korea’s best interest.
    This House believes that professional athletes should not use sporting events for political statements. 
     This House would prevent immediate family members of leaders from working in the government.
    This house believes that countries should eliminate offensive military capabilities 
    This house would abolish the Electoral College.
     This house regrets the rise of social media in politics.
    This House would kill one to save many. 
    This House believes that war causes more problems than it solves.
    THBT high schools should teach contemporary fiction (e.g. J.K. Rowling, Orson Scott Card or Suzanne Collins) to the exclusion of established classics (e.g. Shakespeare, Charles Dickens or Jonathan Swift). 
    This House would require all on duty police officers to wear video cameras.
    This House would phase out the use of paper money. 
     This House believes that cyber warfare is a greater threat to national security than conventional warfare.
    This House believes that further research into the development of Artificial Intelligence would result in more harm than good.
    This House believes that organizations that publish fake news should be penalized.
    This House would require professional sports teams to be owned by their local communities instead of individuals or corporations.
    This House believes artificial intelligence will improve humanity. 
    This House would break up Big Tech.
    This House would establish term limits for U.S. Supreme Court justices.
    This House prefers “new media” to mainstream media.
    This House Believes that environmental protection ought to take precedence over natural resource extraction.
    This House supports a federal carbon tax in the United States.