The fact that debaters have to debate just one motion in an entire year is highly limiting. There are countless issues, disputes, concerns, and philosophical speculations around the world, some of which might not be on the political agenda of the elite but matter to somebody.
Policy debate forces debaters to become highly educated on one topic that they are likely to forget the next debate season, instead of becoming a comprehensively intelligent person that learns to think for themselves.
Debating should be about expanding one’s understanding of the world and presenting ideas and topics people haven’t thought about to encourage the discussion of new ideas. If the media, the public, and all the politicians are already discussing an issue, there is no point in high school debaters discussing it too.
Debaters should be exposed to a variety of ideas, not one single idea. Additionally, even when there are multiple motions, debaters can still see the status quo evolve. Two different motions can have similar themes, and debaters can still see their ideas change in that way.