Debating Archive: ASDC 2009 [MOTIONS]


While I was packing for my long journey to the UK, I stumbled upon a trove of old debating notes with some interesting artifacts. One of them, featured below the list of motions used at the inaugural Asian Schools Debating Championships 2009 in Manila, Philippines.

TEST DEBATE
TH supports the usage of torture for suspected terrorists.

R1: EDUCATION
THW allow schools to punish students by conducting public caning
THW ban the sale of junk food in schools
THBT teachers’ pay should be based on their students’ performance

R2: THE PURPLE RAINBOW
THW not allow openly gay individuals to old key military positions
THW disallow private Catholic schools from firing homosexual teachers
THW include homosexuality in compulsory sex education

R3: THE ORIENTAL DRAGON
THBT it is finally time to expel Myanmar from ASEA
THBT America should remove the guarantee of military support for Taiwan
THBT Google should not participate in Internet censorship in China

R4: MORAL DILEMMAS
THBT police officers should not be allowed to entrap pedophiles
THW compel doctors to report signs of marital abuse
THBT record companies should make contract renewal of pop stars contingent on good conduct

R5: POP CULTURE
THW ban celebrities from running for elections
THBT the state should force men to provide child support for unwanted pregnancies
THW decline fertility assistance to the poor

R6: CLASSICS WITH A TWIST
THW extend the death penalty to minors
THBT convicted drunk drivers should be banned from drinking ever again
THW ban celebrities from running for election

R7: WOMEN
THW decline fertility assistance to the poor
THBT the state should force men to provide child support for unwanted pregnancies
THBT liquor companies should not market their alcohol with women

OF: HEALTH
THW make fitness classes optional in school
THBT health insurance should also cover illegal immigrants
THW prevent religious institutions from influencing laws regarding health

QF: MILITARY
THW not allow the military to offer scholarships as an incentive for enlistment
THBT soldiers should be excused from military operations on the basis of religion
THW allow soldiers to speak out publicly against their governments

SF: THE LAW
THW ban the cross examination of a rape victim’s sexual history
THBT the state should appoint all expert witnesses
THBT a judge can exonerate an individual who kills his/her spouse who is caught cheating

GF: DEMOCRACY
THW deny non-tax paying citizens the right to vote
THBT the US should support non-democratic countries if they are American allies
THBT the path of progress for developing countries is through a ‘benevolent dictatorship’

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