Congressional Debate

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    Tournament 6
     
    Prelims/ Round One on February 13: 16-32
    Finals/Round Two on March 6: Congress debaters will have an information session in the afternoon on February 13 to decide on the agenda for March 6.

    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.

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Lincoln Douglas Debate

  • Spring 2020 Tournament Topic
    Resolved: When in conflict, digital privacy ought to be valued above public security.

Policy Debate

  • 2020-2021 Topic
    Resolved: The United States federal government should enact substantial criminal justice reform in the United States in one or more of the following: forensic science, policing, sentencing.

Public Forum Debate

  • Tournament 6
    Resolved: On balance, the benefits of urbanization in West Africa outweigh the harms.
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World Schools Debate

  • Tournament 6
     
    Tournament 6: There will be 4 rounds in World Schools. Two of those rounds will use a prepared motion. The remaining 2 rounds will each use a different impromptu motion. The new prepared motion for World Schools is: This House prefers “new media” to mainstream media.
     
    Below is some information to help get your debaters started on the prepared motion. This information is not meant to constrain the debate in any way. If your debaters find reasonable definitions or other sources of information that they believe better support the motion, they are not bound by the information below. 

    “New media” refers to internet-based sources of political information. It includes podcasts, YouTube hosts, and alternative online news publications. Mainstream media refers to major TV broadcasting companies, newspapers, and established online news publications (The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, etc.).
     
    The impromptu motions will use the following topic areas:
    • Happiness Index
    • Changing Social Norms

    No printed materials are allowed in the round except one dictionary and almanac per team.  

    Old Topics  (DO NOT PREPARE THESE TOPICS)
    "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.