Parli Topics

-Parli subject areas, not the actual topics, will be released in several waves. The actual resolutions will be released 20 minutes before the start of each round.

-We are considering doing strikes for all 6 prelims and the out-round, which would make for a total of 21 resolutions. In which case, we will go with the NITOC standard of Opp striking first from three resolutions.

-You can anticipate that the resolutions will be precisely worded with a clear distinction of sides (ideally well balanced), which grapple with social, moral, historical, and culturally relevant issues. You may get resolutions that are not on the list(s).

Wave 1 Topics:

1. The growing dependence on technology
2. The militarization of the South China Sea
3. Problems facing iGen and things they enjoy
4. Boycotts
5. Censorship laws/Regulating Internet
6. Illegal Immigration
7. The Wall of Separation between Church and State
8. Biomedical Engineering (ethics?)
9. Judicial Activism

Why Announce Subject Areas?

The decision to release topic areas was made in an effort to make better debate rounds and so that students would be enabled to make stronger arguments (by researching pro/con arguments and plan ideas in advance) and have at least a general understanding of the subject matter for most if not all of the topics prior to the tournament.

1. Overwhelming positive response to the idea - We have received very positive feedback from students, parents and coaches.

2. Past precedent - The elite college tournament NPTE (National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence) works exactly this way. It is largely seen as one of the most elite tournament in college for having more academically rigorous rounds. Also the ever-growing popular High school Worlds Debate format releases at least two of the four topics prior to the tournament.

3. More real world - In the British Parliament both the prime minister and leader of opposition Are well prepped well in advance before they actually go into Parliament and debate the major issues and policy options To be discussed

4. Better debates – With less than 20 minutes of prep, students often get facts wrong and have very little knowledge about in-depth issues. By giving them a heads up we're enabling them to be better educated on the issues. Nationals, last year, revealed that topics can be very one sided. Out of 32 outround matches, the government side won only four times! That means the coin toss is determining far more rounds and anything else. Having more time to become educated on the topic areas will allow for better matched rounds.

5. More ethical and accurate debates - One of the drawbacks of forcing students to debate about issues they have no clue about, is the pressure to fudge on the facts a bit.

Thus, providing topic area is is one of the best solutions that is worth a trial run. We welcome your feedback and thoughts after the tournament.