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Controversial Topics for Persuasive Papers or Speeches

 


Abortion

Drugs

Legalization of the abortion pill

Medical marijuana (legalization of marijuana)

Right to life

Performance enhancing drugs

Adoption

Economics

Interracial adoption

Government bailouts of private business/industry

Open adoption records

Credit cards and young people

Airlines

Education

Airline strikes

see also: Schools

Airline safety

Bilingual education

Airline regulation

College entrance exams

Arming airline pilots

On-line education

Alcohol

Emphasis on college admissions tests

Lowering the Legal Drinking Age

Retention of students due to failing grades

Drunk Driving

Year-round schooling

Animals

Value of homework

Animal experimentation

School vouchers

Should certain breeds of dogs,

Testing to hold schools accountable for

like pit bulls be banned?

student achievement

Spaying and neutering of pets

Mainstreaming disabled children

Exotic animals as pets

Inflation of grades in high school & college

Animal euthanasia

Necessity of teacher certification

Bioethics

Inclusion of pre-schools in public education

Genetic engineering

College for everyone

Cloning

Early decision programs for college admission

Stem cell research

Bilingual education

Birth Control

Too much emphasis on computers in schools

Celebrity Privacy

Concentration on academics rather than sports

Censorship

Electoral Reform

Wartime censorship

Eminent Domain

Charitable Contributions

Energy

Celebrities raising money

Development of alternate forms of energy

Accountability of charities

Fuel efficiency in automobiles

Creation vs. Evolution

Environmental Protection

Crime

Wetlands regulation

see also: Law and Crime

Ethics

“Three strikes” crime laws

Presidential ethics

Hate crimes (hate crime laws)

Medical ethics

Death

Extraterrestrial Life

Death penalty (capitol punishment)

Family

Televised executions

Unmarried mothers keeping their babies

Right to Die (Euthanasia, assisted suicide)

Unmarried couples living together

Detention Facilities

Visitation rights for grandparents

Tactics used at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib

Same-sex marriages

Discrimination

Postponing parenthood

Age discrimination

Spanking children

Race discrimination

Kids too busy to be kids

Divorce

Taking children out of abusive homes

DNA

Parent staying home with the children

Database controversy

Requiring a license before you can have children

Driving

Men sharing birth control burden

Driving age for teens

Living together replacing marriage

Drug Testing

Food Industry

In the workplace

Meat industry’s use of antibiotics

Mandatory drug testing for athletes

Safety of genetically engineered foods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Freedom

Media

Freedom of speech (1st amendment)

Sex on TV

Gambling

Video game violence causing violence in children

Dangers of Gambling

Violence on television causing increase in violence

Global Warming

among children/teens

Guns

Medical

Right to own guns (Gun control)

Managed Heath Care

Zero Tolerance policies in schools

Medical treatment refusal rights

Harassment

Medical malpractice

Sexual Harassment

Public access to personal health records

Health

On-line purchase of prescription drugs

see: Medical

Smokers with lung cancer collecting damages

Homelessness

Pregnancy in post-menopausal women

Homosexuality

Donating blood

Immigration

Human cloning

Illegal immigrants

Liposuction health risks

Restricting immigration into the U.S.

Military

Insanity Plea

Conscientious objectors

Internet

Women in military combat assignments

Downloading music from the Internet

Women in military schools

Internet regulation

Homosexuals in the military

Children’s Internet Protection Act

Use of military tribunals

Plagiarism and the Internet

Morals

On-line purchasing hurts brick-and-mortar

Decline of morality in America

businesses

Mysteries/Unexplained phenomena

Internet filters

Paranormal phenomena

Gambling on the Internet

Bermuda Triangle

Ivory Trade

Big foot…fact or fiction

Labor

Loch Ness Monster

Child Labor

Myths and Misconceptions/Paranormal Phenomena

Labor Unions

Paranormal phenomena

Language

Bermuda triangle

Making English the “official” language of the U.S.

Big foot, fact or fiction?

Law and Crime

Loch Ness Monster

Execution of the mentally retarded

Existence of ghosts

Death penalty for teens

UFO’s

Prison boot camps for young offenders

Real-life vampires

Battered woman syndrome as a defense

National Deficit

Sex-offender registries

Nuclear Arms Control

Criminals getting off too easily

Nuclear Test Ban

Voting rights for prisoners

Organ and Body Donation

DNA testing of criminals

Parenting

Children prosecuted as adults

Surrogate parenting

Media publicity for serial killers increases/

Homosexual parenting

decreases threat to society

Police Corruption

Voting rights for ex-prisoners

Politics

Abusing the right to sue

Campaign finance reform

Motorcycle helmet laws

Presidential ethics

Seat-belt laws

Pornography

Legal driving age

Harm to society

Toleration of “hate speech”

On the Internet

Lotteries

Stronger child pornography laws

Eliminating the lottery

Pregnancy

Marriage

Fetal Abuse

Same-sex marriages

Prisons

 

Prisoner’s Rights

 

Rehabilitation as a job of the prisons

 

 

 



 

 

 

Privacy

Surveillance Operations

Right to privacy

Legal concerns

Racial Profiling

Will public surveillance technology make your

Racism

city safer or just invade your privacy?

Rainforest Destruction

Sweatshops

Recording Industry

Tattoo/Body Piercing

Ethics of the recording industry

Dangers of tattooing

Recycling

Teen curfews

Personal responsibility

Tobacco

Reproduction

Tobacco regulation

Reproductive Rights

Smoking bans

Reproductive Technologies (Ethics)

Transplants

Schools

Organ transplants

see also: Education

Vaccinations

Drug testing in schools

Violence

Corporal punishment in schools

Teen gangs/Youth violence

Harassment in schools

Violence on TV

School uniforms

Flag desecration

Dress codes for students

Domestic violence

Home schooling

War

School prayer

U.S. intervention in Iraq

Religion in the school curriculum

Gulf War Syndrome

Violence in schools

War on terrorism

Hazing

U.S. war crimes

Later start to school day

Powers of the government during war

Four-day school week

Weapons of mass destruction

Out-of-school suspension

Welfare reform

Video camera surveillance in schools

 

Nutritional content of school lunches

 

Longer school day/year

 

Home-schooled students taking part in public

 

school activities

 

Corporate presence in public school (like Pepsi

 

having rights to all drink machines in return

 

for giving the school some of the profit)

 

Single-sex schools

 

Value of pre-schools

 

Fund raising in schools

 

Banning book bags in school

 

Being a “school snitch” (reporting classmates

 

and being rewarded for doing so)

 

Problem of plagiarism in American schools

 

Sex-offender notification

 

Social Security

 

Changes in laws to start benefits later due to

 

increased life span

 

Sports

 

Professional sports salaries

 

Competitive sports being unhealthy for children

 

Gender inequities in school sports

 

Team sports create leaders

 

Subsidies

 

Farm subsidies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Controversial Topics for Persuasive Papers or Speeches

 


Abortion

Drugs

Legalization of the abortion pill

Medical marijuana (legalization of marijuana)

Right to life

Performance enhancing drugs

Adoption

Economics

Interracial adoption

Government bailouts of private business/industry

Open adoption records

Credit cards and young people

Airlines

Education

Airline strikes

see also: Schools

Airline safety

Bilingual education

Airline regulation

College entrance exams

Arming airline pilots

On-line education

Alcohol

Emphasis on college admissions tests

Lowering the Legal Drinking Age

Retention of students due to failing grades

Drunk Driving

Year-round schooling

Animals

Value of homework

Animal experimentation

School vouchers

Should certain breeds of dogs,

Testing to hold schools accountable for

like pit bulls be banned?

student achievement

Spaying and neutering of pets

Mainstreaming disabled children

Exotic animals as pets

Inflation of grades in high school & college

Animal euthanasia

Necessity of teacher certification

Bioethics

Inclusion of pre-schools in public education

Genetic engineering

College for everyone

Cloning

Early decision programs for college admission

Stem cell research

Bilingual education

Birth Control

Too much emphasis on computers in schools

Celebrity Privacy

Concentration on academics rather than sports

Censorship

Electoral Reform

Wartime censorship

Eminent Domain

Charitable Contributions

Energy

Celebrities raising money

Development of alternate forms of energy

Accountability of charities

Fuel efficiency in automobiles

Creation vs. Evolution

Environmental Protection

Crime

Wetlands regulation

see also: Law and Crime

Ethics

“Three strikes” crime laws

Presidential ethics

Hate crimes (hate crime laws)

Medical ethics

Death

Extraterrestrial Life

Death penalty (capitol punishment)

Family

Televised executions

Unmarried mothers keeping their babies

Right to Die (Euthanasia, assisted suicide)

Unmarried couples living together

Detention Facilities

Visitation rights for grandparents

Tactics used at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib

Same-sex marriages

Discrimination

Postponing parenthood

Age discrimination

Spanking children

Race discrimination

Kids too busy to be kids

Divorce

Taking children out of abusive homes

DNA

Parent staying home with the children

Database controversy

Requiring a license before you can have children

Driving

Men sharing birth control burden

Driving age for teens

Living together replacing marriage

Drug Testing

Food Industry

In the workplace

Meat industry’s use of antibiotics

Mandatory drug testing for athletes

Safety of genetically engineered foods

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Freedom

Media

Freedom of speech (1st amendment)

Sex on TV

Gambling

Video game violence causing violence in children

Dangers of Gambling

Violence on television causing increase in violence

Global Warming

among children/teens

Guns

Medical

Right to own guns (Gun control)

Managed Heath Care

Zero Tolerance policies in schools

Medical treatment refusal rights

Harassment

Medical malpractice

Sexual Harassment

Public access to personal health records

Health

On-line purchase of prescription drugs

see: Medical

Smokers with lung cancer collecting damages

Homelessness

Pregnancy in post-menopausal women

Homosexuality

Donating blood

Immigration

Human cloning

Illegal immigrants

Liposuction health risks

Restricting immigration into the U.S.

Military

Insanity Plea

Conscientious objectors

Internet

Women in military combat assignments

Downloading music from the Internet

Women in military schools

Internet regulation

Homosexuals in the military

Children’s Internet Protection Act

Use of military tribunals

Plagiarism and the Internet

Morals

On-line purchasing hurts brick-and-mortar

Decline of morality in America

businesses

Mysteries/Unexplained phenomena

Internet filters

Paranormal phenomena

Gambling on the Internet

Bermuda Triangle

Ivory Trade

Big foot…fact or fiction

Labor

Loch Ness Monster

Child Labor

Myths and Misconceptions/Paranormal Phenomena

Labor Unions

Paranormal phenomena

Language

Bermuda triangle

Making English the “official” language of the U.S.

Big foot, fact or fiction?

Law and Crime

Loch Ness Monster

Execution of the mentally retarded

Existence of ghosts

Death penalty for teens

UFO’s

Prison boot camps for young offenders

Real-life vampires

Battered woman syndrome as a defense

National Deficit

Sex-offender registries

Nuclear Arms Control

Criminals getting off too easily

Nuclear Test Ban

Voting rights for prisoners

Organ and Body Donation

DNA testing of criminals

Parenting

Children prosecuted as adults

Surrogate parenting

Media publicity for serial killers increases/

Homosexual parenting

decreases threat to society

Police Corruption

Voting rights for ex-prisoners

Politics

Abusing the right to sue

Campaign finance reform

Motorcycle helmet laws

Presidential ethics

Seat-belt laws

Pornography

Legal driving age

Harm to society

Toleration of “hate speech”

On the Internet

Lotteries

Stronger child pornography laws

Eliminating the lottery

Pregnancy

Marriage

Fetal Abuse

Same-sex marriages

Prisons

 

Prisoner’s Rights

 

Rehabilitation as a job of the prisons

 

 

 



 

 

 

Privacy

Surveillance Operations

Right to privacy

Legal concerns

Racial Profiling

Will public surveillance technology make your

Racism

city safer or just invade your privacy?

Rainforest Destruction

Sweatshops

Recording Industry

Tattoo/Body Piercing

Ethics of the recording industry

Dangers of tattooing

Recycling

Teen curfews

Personal responsibility

Tobacco

Reproduction

Tobacco regulation

Reproductive Rights

Smoking bans

Reproductive Technologies (Ethics)

Transplants

Schools

Organ transplants

see also: Education

Vaccinations

Drug testing in schools

Violence

Corporal punishment in schools

Teen gangs/Youth violence

Harassment in schools

Violence on TV

School uniforms

Flag desecration

Dress codes for students

Domestic violence

Home schooling

War

School prayer

U.S. intervention in Iraq

Religion in the school curriculum

Gulf War Syndrome

Violence in schools

War on terrorism

Hazing

U.S. war crimes

Later start to school day

Powers of the government during war

Four-day school week

Weapons of mass destruction

Out-of-school suspension

Welfare reform

Video camera surveillance in schools

 

Nutritional content of school lunches

 

Longer school day/year

 

Home-schooled students taking part in public

 

school activities

 

Corporate presence in public school (like Pepsi

 

having rights to all drink machines in return

 

for giving the school some of the profit)

 

Single-sex schools

 

Value of pre-schools

 

Fund raising in schools

 

Banning book bags in school

 

Being a “school snitch” (reporting classmates

 

and being rewarded for doing so)

 

Problem of plagiarism in American schools

 

Sex-offender notification

 

Social Security

 

Changes in laws to start benefits later due to

 

increased life span

 

Sports

 

Professional sports salaries

 

Competitive sports being unhealthy for children

 

Gender inequities in school sports

 

Team sports create leaders

 

Subsidies

 

Farm subsidies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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