World Schools Debate Academy 2011

http://debate.uvm.edu/idas.html

At the World Schools Debate Academy in Slovenia these motions will be used for exercises, practice debates and some of them for the tournament.  Specific motions will be announced one hour before the debate.

List of debate motions:

Voting should be obligatory.

Youth should have their own political party.

We should lower the voting age to 16.

Youth should have a special seat in national parliaments.

Youth should have a special seat in local governments councils.

Representative democracy has failed us.

In elections the poor should have two votes.

E-elections would increase the participation of youth.

Civil disobedience is justified in democracies.

The democratic potential of the Internet is overvalued.

There would be no Arabic spring without the Internet.

A conscious consumer does for democracy more than a voter.

Invalidate any election result with a turnout below 70%



Children should be excluded from any religion until adulthood



Offer immediate EU candidate status to North African states on the precondition of democratic transition



Give extra votes to younger people.



We support parents who secretly install spyware on their children’s electronic devices.

Install condom vending machines in all high schools.


The exploration and development of outer space should be done by an international organization.

Resources used for exploration and development of outer space would be better used for meeting current unmet human needs.

The Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies should be ended.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outer_Space_Treaty [This motion would eliminate the doctrine that outer space is the common heritage of humanity and allow for land claims and ownership.]

We should not force children to sing the national anthem in schools

Punish parents for their obese children.

Do not allow fast food companies to give toys away with unhealthy meals


Require users of online social networks to disclose their identity.


Require large online social networks to be controlled democratically by their users.


Allow minors who pass a test on civics to vote



Parents should have access to their childrens social networking sites. 


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