Sunday, July 12, 2015

Beihang World Debate Academy Exercise & Practice Motions July 2015

1.     THBT we should tell our friends if they have been cheated on in a relationship
2.     THBT Internet search engines should inform authorities about suicidal searches.
3.     THBT we should not watch ISIS execution videos.
4.     THBT governments should tax products on the basis of their ecological footprint
5.     THBT parents should push their kids to achieve, even if that comes at the expense of their child’s happiness.
6.     THW approve of the installation of non-medical information technology (such as enhanced memory, enhanced perception and distance communication) within the human body
7.     THW impose a high tax on unhealthy foods.
8.     THW give people the right to erase personal information about themselves on the Internet.
9.     THW ban the practice of contracting freelance journalists and photographers in conflict-affected areas
10.  This house would prohibit the media from reporting on the private lives of any person without their explicit permission
11.  THBT couples should be able to enter relationship contracts which make any future infidelity a state-enforced crime
12.  THBT we should grant overweight people the same protections from discrimination and hate speech as other vulnerable groups
13.  THW prefer to prosecute the clients rather than the prostitutes.
14.  THW choose not to consume art created by people who have committed deeply immoral acts
15.  THW not allow individuals to opt into a one-way mission to Mars with the Mars One Project
16.  THBT parents should monitor the electronic communications of their children, for example by installing spyware, requiring their children to give them their passwords, or reading browser histories.
17.  Planet Earth should not seek to contact with extraterrestrial intelligence in the near future.
18.  THW make failure to render reasonable assistance to a person in distress a criminal offence
19.  THW allow companies to pay higher wages to employees who agree not to have children during their term of employment.
20.  THW make the salary of politicians equal to the per capita income of the country
21.  THBT Hong Kong should not extend citizenship to children born in Hong Kong whose parents are not Hong Kong citizens
22.  THBT the state should place baby hatches in accessible areas, where people can leave babies anonymously
23.  THBT there is no such thing as animal cruelty
24.  THW make those who keep the private information of others in databases liable for damages caused by security breaches.
25.  TH welcomes the entrance of large numbers of robots into the workforce.
26.  THBT economic sanctions on Russia relating to the situation in Ukraine are counter-productive.
27.  THW implement mandatory voting in all elections.
28.  This house believes both parents should be required to attend parenting classes before and after having a child.
29.  THW approve of the installation of non-medical information technology (such as enhanced memory, enhanced perception and distance communication) within the human body.
30.  This house supports civil disobedience as a legitimate response to injustice.
31. THBT the struggle against ISIS should be conducted solely by Middle East nations. 

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Schools Debating Championships June 2015

KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Schools Debating Championships
Venue: The Wykeham Collegiate, Pietermaritzburg
Dates: 26 – 28 June 2015

Chief Adjudicator: Kimera Chetty
Deputy Chief Adjudicators: Elisha Kunene, Unathi Dlamini

Senior Champion: Durban and Coastal Debating League 1
Senior runner-up: Durban and Coastal Debating League 4
Junior Champion: Pietermaritzburg 1
Junior runner-up: Phoenix Debating League 1

Motions:

THW – This House Would
THBT – This House Believes That
THR – This House Regrets
THS – This House Supports

Juniors:
R1: THW allow prisoners with life sentences the right to choose the death penalty.
R2: TH regrets gender normative toys
R3: THBT children should be educated in their mother-tongue
R4: THBT high-profile court cases should not be televised
R5: THS a strong military response to xenophobic violence
FINAL: THBT democracies should remove symbols which represent their oppressive

Seniors:
R1: THW ban treatment or cosmetic surgery aimed at skin bleaching/lightening
R2: THW prohibit employers from basing hiring or dismissal decisions on social
media posts
R3: THW make maths and science subjects compulsory for female learners
R4: Info Slide: “Slum Tourism” is a type of tourism that involves visiting impoverished
areas, mainly by foreigners from the developed world.” THS slum tourism
R5: Info Slide: “Amnesty is a pardon given by the government to a group or class of
persons, usually granted before trial/conviction/deportation.” THW grant amnesty to
all undocumented immigrants who have been victims of xenophobic attacks
SEMI-FINAL: THW ban mega-churches in impoverished communities
FINAL: THBT the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has failed

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

ARGO Romania 2015 WSDC Prepared Motions

I am very happy to announce, on behalf of the ARGO Open 2015 CAP, the prepared motions for the preliminary rounds of the tournament:

TH regrets the rise of peer-to-peer economy (e.g. companies like Uber, Airbnb, TaskRabbit and others).
THW assess students on individual academic development instead of standardised examination results.
THW allow the state to monitor all personal electronic communication of its citizens.

Registration will be open until the 1st of August. We are really happy to host debaters from across the world in Romania, between the 4th and 8th of Septemeber.

You can find more details about the tournament here: http://open.argodebate.ro

Saturday, July 4, 2015

World Schools Debate Academy Tournament, Slovenia 2015

WSDA 2015 TOURNAMENT MOTIONS

ROUND ONE:
THBT there should be obligatory equal paid parental leave for women and men.

ROUND TWO
THBT Google should inform authorities about suicidal searches.

ROUND THREE
This house would make membership in a labour union compulsory for every worker.

ROUND FOUR
THBT all meat eaters should earn the right to be carnivores by personally slaughtering a major meat animal.

ROUND FIVE
THBT schools should avoid instilling a sense of patriotism.

QUARTERFINALS
THBT democracies should extend voting rights to resident migrant workers.

SEMIFINALS
THW approve of the installation of non-medical information technology (such as enhanced memory, enhanced perception and distance communication) within the human body.

FINAL
THBT we should not watch ISIS execution videos.



Monday, June 29, 2015

World Schools Debate Academy 2015 Impromptu Motion List


We should tell our friends if they have been cheated on in a relationship.

Teenagers who have pocket money should share it with teenagers who do not.

THBT Google should inform authorities about suicidial searches.

THW would require companies to put images of animals suffering on all products and food whose production harmed or killed animals.

Testing products for humans on animals is immoral. MONDAY

THBT states should tax products on the basis of their ecologilcal footprint.

THBT all municipalities should not export their garbage.

THBT WE SHOULD NOT EAT MEAT.

THBT schools should avoid instilling a sense of patriotism.

THBT parents should push their kids to achieve, even if that comes at the expense of their child’s happiness.

This house believes both parents should be required to attend parenting classes before and after having a child.

THBT MOTHERS AND FATHERS SHOULD BOTH BE GIVEN LEAVE FROM WORK AFTER BIRTH OF A CHILD.

THBT parents should monitor the electronic communications of their children, for example by installing spyware, requiring their children to give them their passwords, or reading browser histories.

THBT developed countries should grant an amnesty to illegal immigrants.

THBT democracies should extend voting rights to resident migrant workers.

THW not allow individuals to opt into a one-way mission to Mars with the Mars One Project.

Planet Earth should not seek to contact with extraterrestrial intelligence in the near future.

THW give the people sentenced for life in prison an option to choose a death sentence.

THW not punish those who live below the poverty line for economic crimes, e.g. theft.

THW discourage the installation of non-medical information technology (such as enhanced

memory, enhanced perception and distance communication) within the human body.

THW ban all medical procedures intended to change an individual's racial appearance.

THB economic sanctions against entire countries are a violation of human rights.

THBT we should not watch ISIS execution videos.

TH regrets the characterisation of soldiers as heroes.

THBT the government should pay housewives and househusbands for their work.

THW allow companies to decide not to hire smokers.

THBT we should grant overweight people the same protections from discrimination and hate speech as other vulnerable groups.

THW impose a high tax on unhealthy foods.

THBT individuals with bad personal lifestyles (that influence their health) should pay more for their health insurance.

There is too much money in professional sports.

This house would make membership in a labour union compulsory for every worker.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

WSDC 2015 Singapore Grand Final Motion

The Motions Committee for the 2015 World Schools Debating Championships in Singapore has now informed the organising committee that the motion for the Grand Final of this year's championship. It is:  

     This House Believes that governments should provide a guaranteed Universal Basic Income

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

WSDC 2015 Singapore - Prepared Prelim Motions

For WSDC 2015
Preliminary Round 1
This House would ban the use of zero-hour contracts
Preliminary Round 2
This House would require defendants in criminal trials to be represented exclusively by public defenders
Preliminary Round 3
This House supports academic tracking in primary and secondary education
Preliminary Round 5
This House believes that cities with significant immigrant populations should actively break up ethnic enclaves

Thursday, May 14, 2015

US World Schools Debate Invitational 2015 prepared motions

World Schools Debate Motions (listed in round order)
Prelims: Round 1: This House would end all agriculture subsidies. Round 2: Impromptu round Round 3: This House would halt all hydraulic fracturing. Round 4: Impromptu round Round 5: This House would ban the extradition of individuals who could face the death penalty abroad. Round 6: Impromptu round
Elims: Double Octafinals: This House welcomes a Greek exit from the Euro. Octafinals: Impromptu round Quarterfinals: Impromptu round Semifinals: Impromptu round
Finals: This House believes that the United States should substantially curtail its overseas military bases.

Monday, April 20, 2015

North American Universities, 2014

NAUDC, 2014
R1: THW abolish spousal privilege. Info slide: Spousal privilege protects the individual holding the privilege from being called to testify by the prosecution against the defendant/the spouse.
R2: As an author of a non-colonial language (inuktitut, iziXhosa, Quechua, etc.), THW only write in one's native language.
R3: THBT feminists should campaign to deconstruct masculinity rather than attempt to mobilize masculinity in service of feminst goals.
R4: THBT states should not hold prisoners of war after a conflict's cessation.
R5: THR the rise of pop culture authorities on what constitutes good sex (how-tos, Cosmo Magazine, etc.).
R6: THW consider an academic's publicly-stated political positions (e.g. blog posts, Tweets, editorials) in hiring, tenure, and promition decisions.
QF: THBT all media organizations should be owned and run by journalists.
SF: TH supports the prominence of the American Dream in the national discourse. Info slide: The "American Dream" refers to the notion that, regardless of one's demographics, one can significantly improve one’s quality of life through hard work and persistence.
GF: TH, as the United States, would actively foment democratic unrest in China.

Cambridge IV, November 2014

Cambridge IV, 2014
R1: THW not punish people who live below the poverty line for economic crimes (e.g. theft).
R2: Assuming the existence of individuals with superpowers (e.g. super strength, flight, invisibility etc.), TH, as a superhero, would agree to use its powers solely in service of the democratic state.
R3: THS the objectification of male bodies in popular culture.
R4: THW require that any houses or apartments left vacant for six months or more be surrendered to the state.
R5: THBT Western foreign policies should abandon attempts to universalise liberal values.
ESL Semi: THBT Google should inform the authorities about suicide searches.
ESL Final: Assuming the existence of a gay gene, THW disproportionately favour embryos that possess it in IVF.
QF: THW prohibit all research aiming to create sentient artificial intelligences.
SF: THS the New Atheism movement.
GF: THBT unpaid domestic workers should strike for state pay.

Brandeis IV, December 2014

Brandeis IV, 2014
R1: THR the commercialization of religious holidays.
R2: THBT universities should ban all fraternities and sororities.
R3: TH, as the Mexican government, would end its war against the drug cartels.
R4: THR the use of feminism as an advertising tactic.
R5: THW ban all youth wings of political parties in developing countries.
R6: THBT protesters should not use memorials as sites of protest.
QF: THP Facebook's policy of only removing content that users report as objection to a policy where Facebook itself determines restrictions on content.
SF: THBT all information marked as classified by governments should become available to the public within 50 years.
GF: THW allow communities to vote to end police supervision.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Colgate IV, 2015

Colgate IV, 2015
R1: THW account for innate capabilities when awarding grades in school.
R2: THW give prisoners who have been assaulted or seriously harmed in custody the legal right to sue the government.
R3: THR the fetishization of race in pornography.
R4: THS a full boycott of Israeli elections by all Palestinians and Arab Israelis that are eligible to vote.
R5: THW allow the US President to make a limited number of congressional votes anonymous per term.
QF: THW shut down banks that are, in the future, found to be assisting rogue states and facilitating illicit trade.
SF: THW recognise the sovereignty of land purchased by Indigenous clans or tribes. Info slide: Under the SQ sovereignty is granted only on land that is awarded to indigenous communities by the Federal government.
NF: As an LGBTQ fiscal conservative, THW vote Democrat.
GF: THW prevent the Military from engaging in active recruitment efforts.

HWS Round Robin 2015

HWS Round Robin, 2015
R1: THS establishing an independent state of Kurdistan.
R2: THW measure gross national happiness and base policy decisions on those measurements.
R3: THW disallow exclusive private arbitration for contracts between corporations and individuals. Info slide: Private arbitration is the referral of a dispute to a third party chosen by disputants, who agree in advance to be bound by the arbitrator's decision. In contracts requiring exclusive private arbitration, the parties agree to forgo recourse to a court or jury trial.
R4: Setting aside infectious diseases, THW work to prevent interaction with tribes who have not had contact with the modern world.
R5: THW prohibit religious institutions from considering applicants’ religious affiliation for any position whose primary function is not the performance of religious rites (e.g., administrators, teachers, fundraisers, etc.).
GF: THBT prominent civil society activists should choose not to run for public office.

US Universities Debate Championship 2015 - Univ, of Alaska

USU Alaska, 2015
R1: THW abolish teacher unions for primary and secondary (K-12) education.
R2: THW tax members of systematically oppressed groups at a significantly lower rate than equivalently wealthy members of groups with historic privilege.
R3: THW make it illegal for the police to tactically lie during questions and investigations.
R4: THS private space exploration and colonization.
R5: THW exempt small businesses from laws that violate their religious convictions.
R6: THW replace government welfare programs with competitive grants to private non-profits focused on social services.
R7: THW eliminate trial by jury and replace it with trial by judge.
R8: THS the significant expansion of global free trade agreements.
Octo Final: THBT adults who wish to have children and are financially able have a moral obligation to adopt rather than have biological children.
QF/NF: THBT developed countries should never place sanctions on developing countries.
SF: THBT when discussing social justice issues, the identity of a speaker should not be used to limit their participation in discussion or to criticize their points.
GF: THW, as the US government, grant amnesty to all undocumented immigrants living in the United States on the sole conviction that they have not been convicted of a violent criminal offense.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Cal Poly SLO USU Western Regional Championships 2015

Cal Poly SLO USU Western Regional Championships motions:
1. THBT the US Federal Government should place a cap on the amount of homework assigned primary and secondary school students
2. THW place a substantial tax on successful artists in order to fund new and upcoming artists
3. THW prosecute individuals who kill members of endangered species as if the victims were human
4. Given the inevitability of the upcoming zombie apocalypse, THW rather be a zombie than a human
5. THBT PBS should broadcast childrens shows geared towards sexual education, including techniques for pure sexual gratification
6. THW force Greece to surrender its sovereignty to the European Commission until its financial situation stablilizes
SEMI. THW implement a two state solution in Ukraine
FINAL. THW not allow police to use deadly force to preempt bodily harm to themselves