Texas Forensic Association

World Schools Debate

Prepared Motions for IQTs

Note: If your IQT is offering World Schools Debate, the prepared motions must be selected from this list.

Motions for August - November 2020

1. Criminal Justice

This House would "defund the police."

"Defund the police" is a slogan that supports divesting funds from police departments and reallocating them to non-policing forms of public safety and community support, such as social services, youth services, housing, education, healthcare and other community resources.

2. Politics and Govt. Structure

This House regrets the dominance of the two-party system in American politics.

3. Education

This House would require virtual education during a pandemic.

"Virtual education" refers to instruction in a learning environment where teacher and student are separated by time or space, or both, and the teacher provides course content through course management applications, multimedia resources, the Internet, videoconferencing, etc.

4. Economics and Trade

This House regrets China's investment in Latin America.

5. Environment

This House regrets the narrative that nuclear energy is dangerous.

6. Personal Freedoms

This House opposes the use of military personnel to respond to civil unrest.

7. International Relations

This House believes that Russian containment is a priority for geopolitical stability.

8. Technology

This House would replace human judgement with computer algorithms in criminal sentencing decisions.

9. Business/industry/labor

This House would provide a universal basic income.

10. Culture

This house would remove all memorials to the Confederacy.

Motions for December 2020 - February 2021

1. Politics and Govt. Structure

This House would establish term limits for US Supreme Court justices.

2. Education

This House supports collective bargaining for teachers, including the right to strike.

3. Economics and Trade

This House would end the European common currency (Euro).

4. Environment

This House would ban fracking.

5. Personal Freedoms

This House would criminalize violations of local health ordinances (ex. include but are not limited to social distancing, mask mandates, etc.)

6. International Relations

This House supports the use of military intervention in response to the Uyghur Muslim humanitarian crisis.

7. Science/Technology

This House would abolish all patents for green technology.

8. Business/industry/labor

This House supports "Ban the Box" laws.

INFO: A "Ban the Box" law is a law that is aimed at removing barriers to employment for individuals who have been convicted of a crime. "Ban the Box" laws prohibit employers from asking about an applicant's criminal record during the initial application process.

9. Culture

During the pandemic, this House supports federal subsidies for the arts that exceed broader funding for small businesses and employees (ex. include but are not limited to supporting the creation of new art, keeping art venues open, etc.)

10. Other

This House supports statehood for Puerto Rico.

Motions for TFA State 2021

Rounds 1 and 2: Prepared - Teams will debate both sides

This House, as the United States, supports raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Round 6: Prepared

In a democracy, this House prefers a parliamentary system to a presidential system.

Quarters: Prepared

This House would amend the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court to include the crime of 'ecocide.'

Definition - Ecocide is criminalized human activity that violates the principles of environmental justice, as by substantially damaging or destroying ecosystems or by harming the health and well-being of a species.

Finals: Prepared

This House would repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

Rounds 3, 4, 5, Partial Octos, and Semis: Impromptu rounds.