Motions

 

9th HAFS Debate Conference

Elementary school division

 

Health

THW legalize the buying and selling of organs.

THW legalize all drugs.

THW mandate organ donation after death.

Culture

THBT K-Pop idol groups have done more harm than good for Korean culture.

THW create a screen quota for Korean movies at cinemas.

THBT major film and television awards shows should abolish awards categories separated by gender.

Animal Rights

THW ban all ownership of pets.

THW subsidize vegetarians.

THW ban the use of animals for sports and entertainment.

Crime Justice

THW implement trial by jury in all cases.

THW require on-duty police officers to wear body cameras.

THW allow prisoners on a life sentence to choose the death penalty.

Education

THW assign students to different classes based on academic ability starting from elementary school.

THW abolish all religious primary and secondary schools.

THBT schools should actively instill patriotism in their students.

Gender Equality

TH, as the Korean Government, will provide its female national sports teams with equal pay as its male teams.

THW abolish all single-sex universities.

THW subsidize corporations with female executives or chief officers.

Technology

Assuming the technology exists, THW allow individuals to sell years off of their lives to others.

Assuming the technology exists, TH prefers a world where memory is permanent and perfect.

Assuming the technology exists, THW eliminate lying.

 

 

Middle School division

Religion

THW tax religious institutions.

THW legally punish parents who don’t vaccinate their children for religious reasons.

THW choose to live in a world without religion.

Culture

(information)

The Huichol are an indigenous people of Mexico that use peyote, a psychoactive hallucinogen, for ritualistic and medicinal use as a visionary sacrament to approach their deity. Many other indigenous Northern Americans use similar substances for religious purposes.

(motions)
THW authorize indigenous Northern Americans to use illegal substances for religious purposes.

THW grant two votes to indigenous people.

THW ban the privatization of state-owned cultural heritage and historic sites.

Education

THS the rising trend of homeschooling for minority communities.

THW abolish standardized testing (i.e.수능)

THW force public university graduates to work locally for a certain number of years.

Corporations

(information)

The “996” (named for a 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. schedule, six days a week) is a schedule designed by Alibaba’s CEO Jack Ma that has become an unwritten rule for many tech firms in China.

(motions)

TH, as the CEO of a start-up company, would employ Jack Ma’s 996 schedule.

THR the creation of Facebook.

THBT large tech companies should refuse to provide data on their customers to governments, even if it involves refusing to comply with a law which compels them to do so.

Environment

THW abolish patents for green technology.

THBT  it is justifiable for environmental organizations to actively use eco-terrorism against corporations that cause severe pollution.

THW significantly increase efforts to find and colonialize hospitable planets by shifting resources away from efforts towards environmental solutions.

Fantasy

(information)

Motion 1: Climate change has affected the world to the extent where there are no resources to sustain the entire world population. Poverty is at an all-time high; electric shortages are prevalent; many regions of the world are experiencing freezing temperatures and/or sinking.

 

 

Motion 2: Bruce Wayne is a billionaire industrialist that has a secret identity of being Batman, the superhero protector of Gotham City.

Motion 3: In the Harry Potter universe, a Muggle is a person who lacks any sort of magical ability and was not born in a magical family. Muggles will almost always live their entire lives with no awareness of the existence of magic. However, when one displays talent in magic, one will be invited to learn at one of the wizarding schools to defend the world from the grasps of dark magic, although this might mean that one would have to sacrifice his/her life.

(motions)

TH, as Thanos, will snap his fingers.

TH prefers a world where Bruce Wayne is a philanthropist instead of Batman.

TH, as a Muggle child, will reject a Hogwarts invitation letter.

International Relations

TH welcomes the Trump administration’s trade sanctions against China.

TH, as the Korean government, would place tariffs on Japanese goods.

THBT countries with a history of colonialism should open their borders to any migrant from their former colonies.

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Elementary school division

Children

THBT children should learn Harry Potter instead of classics.

THW ban children from becoming professional models.

THW ban the sale of war toys for young children.

 

 

Entertainment

THW abolish zoos.

THBT the movie industry should increase representation of women.

THW abolish audition programs.

 

International Relations

THS open immigration.

THBT US troops should be withdrawn from the Korean peninsula.

THS the goal of Korean reunification.

 

Social Justice

THW ban alcohol.

THW allow companies to refuse to hire smokers.

THW get rid of the age limit for using Facebook.

 

Sports

THW include e-sports in the Olympics.

THW ban animals from being used in sports.

THBT developing countries should not host the Olympics.

 

Science and Technology

TH supports the use of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).

THW stop sending humans to space.

THBT the use of nuclear energy does more harm than good.

 

Criminal Justice

THW torture terrorists.

THW prosecute teenagers as adults for serious crimes.

THW arm police officers with deadly weapons in Korea.

 

Middle school division

Children

THW ban teenagers from playing violent video games.

THW make parents take classes on parenting before having a child.

THBT parents should be able to choose whether to have a boy or a girl.

 

Entertainment

THW ban gossip magazines.

THW introduce a tax on “lowbrow” entertainment in order to pay for “highbrow” art.

THW allow free distribution of music on the Internet.

 

International Relations

THW grant dictators asylum if they agree to give up their power.

THBT Korea should accept foreign refugees.

THBT every country should have the right to possess nuclear weapons.

 

Social Justice

THS conscientious refusal for military service.

THS a universal wealth cap (putting a limit on individual wealth).

THW never censor faces of criminals in media.

 

Sports

THBT we should legalize performance-enhancing drugs in sports.

THW provide equal financial support for male and female sports.

THW require major broadcasters to assign equal importance on media coverage of female sports games as male sports games.

 

Science and Technology

Assuming that the technology exists, THW allow the use of mind-reading machines in courts.

THS the colonization of the moon.

THW tax companies that replace human resources with AI (Artificial Intelligence).

 

Criminal Justice

THBT prisoners should be granted the right to vote.

THW require all criminal defendants to use a government-provided lawyer.

THW criminalize all forms of racist speech and acts.

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Education

THW decrease subsidies given to university education and invest more in elementary education

THW mandate politics education in every school

THBT students should elect the president of their universities

 

Minority

THW ban commercial advertisements that promote gender stereotype +

THW ban the hijab (face veil).

THW lower the voting age

 

Culture

THW mandate radio stations to play the music of local artists

THBT the government should end its subsidies of the arts

In multi-ethnic countries, THW set minimum ethnic diversity quotas in residential areas

 

Media

THBT certain news should be censored for minors

THW ban movies based on real-life heinous crimes

This house would ban international aid charities from using sensational, graphic or overly-emotional images of suffering

 

Criminal Justice System

This house would allow prisoners to raise their babies behind bars.

THW allow prisoners to choose death over life sentence.

THW allow prisoners to vote.

 

Health

THW make organ donation compulsory after death v

THW follow the will of the patient with an incurable disease for euthanasia.

THW require deaf parents to send their kids (whether deaf/hearing) to mainstream schools for their primary & secondary education.

 

Assuming

Assuming the technology exists, THW actively use time machines

Assuming that it is possible, THW get rid of all borders between nations

Assuming the technology exists, THW replace the military with robots

 

Elementary School division

 

Education

THBT university education should be free+

THW ban all religious schools

THB parents should choose not to send their children to private school

 

Media

THW ban anonymous posting and commenting on internet

THW ban media reporting the private lives of public figures

THW punish cyberbullies like crimes committed by adults

 

Criminal justice system

THW grant prisoners the right to vote

THW allow prisoners to volunteer for drug trials in exchange for lighter sentence

THS the death penalty.

 

Health

THW not offer national health care to people that risk their own health

THW allow parents to refuse certain medical treatments to their children

THW ban fast food companies from attracting minors with toys

 

Beauty

THW ban students from using makeup

THW ban cosmetic surgery

THW ban beauty pageants (e.g.미스코리아)

 

Fantasy

THBT the Avengers should compensate for the damage they caused

THBT superheroes should be registered and regulated by the government

THBT superheroes should wear body cams.

 

Technology

THBT AI development does more harm than good

TH regrets the development of robots

THW ban smartphones for minors

 

 

6th HAFS Debate Championship

 

Elementary School Division

Round 1

Life & Rights

TH supports euthanasia (안락사)

THW allow the sale of organs

THW ban animal testing

 

Round 2

Education 

THW ban hagwons (private academies)

THW have a vacation every season

THW include sign language as a language option in CSAT (대학수학능력평가)

 

Round 3

Criminal Justice System 

THW grant prisoners the right to vote

THW allow prisoners to volunteer for drug trials in exchange for lighter sentences

THW punish homeroom teachers for crimes committed by their students

 

Round 4 

Media

THW ban media from reporting the private lives of public figures

THBT schools should punish students for cyber-bullying

THBT the Internet helps the development of journalism

 

Round 5

Health

THW ban the sale of junk food to minors

THW make smoking illegal

THS the privatization of hospitals

 

Quarter Finals

Sports

THBT the Olympics does more harm than good

THW not allow military exemption as a reward for sports events

THBT e-Sports (ex: League of Legends, Over Watch, StarCraft) should also be part of the Olympics

 

Semi Finals

Beauty

THW ban students from using makeup

THW ban cosmetic surgery

THW ban beauty pageants

 

Finals

Science

THBT the government should invest more money for space exploration

THS the development of cloning technology

THBT science education should be emphasized more than humanities education

 

Middle School Division

Round1

Family

THW celebrate the culture of tiger parenting

TH regrets the rise of giryegi parents (기러기부모)

THBT parents should install program to montior their children's online activity and communication

 

Round 2

Education

THBT students should be given the power to choose their own in-school curriculum

THBT schools should not require community service hours

THW allow students to vote for their provisional educational superintendents (지역교육감)

 

Round 3 

Imagination

Assuming it is feasible, THW allow prisoners with a death sentence to instead participate in risky experiments

Assuming it is feasible, TH prefers a world without gender

Assuming the technology exists, THW replace the military with robots

 

Round 4

Media

THBT the rise of K-Pop has done more harm than good

THW ban advertisements that promote gender stereotypes

THW ban the media from reporting terrorist attacks in times of crisis

 

Round 5

Technology

THW ban the sale of violent video games to minors

THW limit the development of artificial intelligence

THW end the shutdown policy(게임셧다운제)

 

Quarter Finals

International Relations

THW not give development aid to non-democratic governments

TH regrets the deployment of THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) in South Korea

THW allow countries to send refugees to other countries in exchange for money

 

Semi Finals

Justice

THW ban companies from acquiring criminal records

THBT allow private gun ownership

THBT the home countries of terrorists should compensate for the damage caused by the terrorists

 

Finals 

Social Minorities

THBT the police should represent the racial composition of the community

THS schools specialized for LGBTQ

THW mandate female quotas for university departments

  

 

 

5th HAFS Debate Championship

Elementary School Division

Round 1

Animal Rights

THBT animals should not be used for scientific experiments

THW allow whaling

THW ban zoos

 

Round 2

Technology

Assuming that there exist robots that have the same level of intelligence with humans, THW grant the robots the same rights as humans

THBT computers should replace teachers

Assuming that there exists a machine that allows the user to have any experience, THW ban the machine

 

Round 3

Health

THW ban children from eating fast food

THBT schools should encourage vegetarianism

THW punish parents who do not make sure their children eat healthy meals

 

Round 4

Education

THBT year-round schooling is unnecessary

THW allow students to choose the subjects they take

THBT teachers should prioritize the happiness of their students over learning

 

Round 5

Society

THW guarantee a minimum number of seats for minorities in national legislatures

THW stop investment in space exploration

THBT society should prioritize conformity over creativity

 

Quarter Finals

Child Rights

THW ban children from acting in television advertisements

THW require CCTVs in classrooms

THW allow children to work in family businesses

 

Semi Finals

Government

THBT a government is right to exaggerate the harms of an epidemic disease

THBT dictatorships can be justified for economic growth

THBT governments should pay welfare in the form of goods and services instead of cash payments.

 

Grand Finals

Thought Experiment

Assuming that it is possible, THW allow people to sell and buy time

Assuming that it is possible, THW eliminate lies

Assuming that it is possible, THW remove violence from human behavior

 

Middle School Division

Round 1

Free speech

THW ban online anonymous speech

THBT a citizen has the right to publicly defend the enemies of his or her nation

THW punish users of extremist websites

 

Round 2

Education
THBT competition makes a person realize his potential sooner

THW not require students to write down their dreams in school

THBT schools should be able to freely set their own curriculums

 

Round 3

Korea

THBT South Korea should actively side with China in its island disputes with Japan

THW recognize North Korea as a nuclear power

THW allow alternative service for conscientious objectors of military duty

 

Round 4

Democracy

THBT democracies should extend voting rights to resident migrant workers

THW require citizens to pass a basic test in order to vote

THBT the United Nations has the obligation to encourage democracy in every country

 

Round 5

Religion

THBT religions should not make any claims of being able to cure illnesses

Assuming proof that God does not exist is discovered, THW destroy that proof

THBT religions should actively combine

 

Quarter Finals

Society

TH regrets the world’s focus on global warming

TH regrets the market revolution

THW include females in mandatory military service

 

Semi Finals

Asylum

THBT the decision to receive refugees should be made by a third party

THBT rich countries should accept more refugees

THBT it is a human rights violation to keep asylum seekers in prison-like conditions

 

Grand Finals

Thought Experiment

Assuming feasibility, THW allow people to voluntarily erase their memories

Assuming that it is possible to predict failure, THW ban failure

Assuming that the technology exists, THW revive those who have committed suicide

4th HAFS Debate Championship

Round 1

Education

THW put more emphasis on science and math education over other subjects

THS tiger parenting (tiger parenting:

THW make physical education optional for students

 

Round 2

Sports

THBT South and North Korea should have an unified national sports team

THW ban children from playing violent sports

THW offer citizenship to outstanding athletes

 

Round 3

Economy

THW double the minimum wage

THW impose a flat tax

THS Super super-markets.

 

Round 4

Entertainment / Pop culture

THBT korean idol groups have done more harm than good for korean culture

THW ban music containing lyrics that promote violence and criminal lifestyles

THW not give major entertainment awards to celebrities who have committed crimes of violence

 

Round 5

Technology

THBT social networking sites do more harm than good for teenagers

THW make a genetic database

Assuming that technology exists, thw make a train tunnel to Japan

 

Quarter Finals

Law / Society

THS the death penalty

THW ban online gambling

THW detain terrorist suspects without trial

 

Semi Finals

Religion

THW ban religions that actively promote self harm

THW not give government funding for religious schools

THW tax religious institutions

 

Grand Finals

Health

THBT all companies should offer at least one year of parental leave

THW ban medical tourism

THW give doctors, not parents, the final say for all medical decisions for children

3rd HAFS Debate Championship

Round 1

Society

THW set a higher tax on fast food.

THW ban plastic surgery.

THW allow smoking in all outdoor areas.

 

Round 2

Science

THW encourage space exploration.

THW ban animal testing for beauty products.

THW not develop machines with human level intelligence.

 

Round 3

Education

THW abolish school examinations.

THW reintroduce physical punishment in schools.

THBT hagwons have done more harm than good for South Korean education.

 

Round 4

Korean Politics

THW remove United States troops from South Korea.

THW allow presidents to run for reelection for a second term.

THW require voters to pass a basic political knowledge test in order to vote in South Korea

 

Round 5

Entertainment

THW ban violent video games.

THW allow use of performance enhancing drugs in professional sports.

THW ban beauty pageants.

 

Quarter Finals

Religion

THBT organized religion has done more harm than good.

THW ban students from wearing religious symbols to school.

THW allow parents to refuse medical treatment for their children based on the parents' religious beliefs.

 

Semi Finals

Economy

THBT free trade has done more harm than good for developing countries.

THW place a higher tax on rich people.

THW ban the trade of products made by child labor.

 

Grand Finals

International Relations

THW make a permanent military force for the United Nations.

THW give immunity to dictators who voluntarily step down

THW acknowledge China as a superpower.

 

2nd HAFS Debate Championship

Round 1

Education

THW include disabled students in standard school classroom

THW ban student protests

THW provide free lunches for all students

 

Round 2 (Prepared)

Ethics

THW ban procedures that attempt to change racial characteristics - M

THW end all affirmative action policies - E

 

Round 3

Environment

THW ban eating meat

THW ban neon signs

THS a tax on greenhouse gas emissions

 

Round 4 (Prepared)

International Relations

THW intervene in Syria - M

THW return to the sunshine policy - E

 

Round 5

Economy

THW tax 100% of an individual's wealth upon death

THBT the government should not save failing companies

THW not allow strikes by public employees

 

Quarter Finals

Religion

THBT religious leaders should be banned from making political speeches

THBT state religion is detrimental to democracy

THW not recognize public religious holidays

 

Semi Finals (Prepared)

Science and Technology

THW ban the use of cyber weapons - M

THW implant tracking devices in children - E

 

Finals

Democracy

M

THW give prisoners the right to vote

THBT civil disobedience is essential for liberal democracies

THW end presidential pardons

E

THBT economic development should take priority over democratization.

THW lower the voting age to include high school students

THBT all election campaigns should be publicly financed

 

1st HAFS Debate Championship  

Round 1

THW ban school uniforms

THBT single sex schools are more effective than coeducational schools

THBT students should be placed in classes according to their ability

 

Round 2 (Prepared)

THW ban smoking in public places

 

Round 3

THS the death penalty

THW ban the use of torture in times of war

THW legalize euthanasia

 

Round 4 (Prepared)

THBT corporations should create quotas for female executives

 

Round 5

THS increasing the use of nuclear energy to replace fossil fuels

THBT we should end factory farming of animals

THW prioritize environmental protection over economic development

 

Quarter Finals

THBT the government should censor harmful speech on the internet

THW create a curfew on online gaming for minors

THS a three-strikes policy for illegal file sharing

 

Semi Finals

THW make voting mandatory in democratic nations

THW allow presidents of Korea to run for re-election

THBT polticians have a right to private life

 

Finals (Prepared)

THW negotiate with terrorists - M

THW allow the sale of human organs - E

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