100 Good Debate Topics

Updated on December 29, 2018
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K S Lane debated at a high school level for four years and is currently a member of her University's debating society.

Coming up with a current and interesting debate topic can be difficult. There are all sorts of things you have to consider when picking a subject; whether you'll be able to talk for long enough about it, how easy it will be to research, what your English teacher will think of it, and much more. A good debate topic isn't too complex but is weight enough that you'll be able to give a long and significant discussion about it. To help you out, this article lists 100 of the best, most current and most interesting debate topics imaginable. It includes topics related to school and education, politics, social issues, the environment, and more.

This article lists 100 current debate topics
This article lists 100 current debate topics | Source

Which Topic is Right for You?

Before you go picking a topic at random you should first ask yourself a question: Who is my audience? If you're giving a persuasive speech in front of your middle-school or high-school English class then picking a topic related to school or to a social issue that involves young people is the best way to keep your peers interested. If you're debating in front of a college level audience then steer away from topics involving school and maybe try something a little more political. Once you've got the general category pinned down then make sure to pick something that you're passionate about. Rather than choosing the most complex seeming topic that you think will impress your teacher pick something that genuinely interests you. Researching and writing your debate will be much easier if you're enjoying yourself and your passion will bleed through into your speech and be noticeable to your audience.

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How to Write a Debate?

The basic formula for writing a debate is to given an opening line, to state and define your topic, to signpost your arguments, rebut some opposing viewpoints, give your own arguments and then round things off with a nice, simple conclusion. If you'd like to find out how to optimise this formula and write the best debate that you're capable of producing then check out my other article, How to Write a Debate.

Educational Topics:

Educational debate topics suit a high school audience perfectly
Educational debate topics suit a high school audience perfectly | Source
  • Boarding school is harmful for students
  • A College or University education is essential for getting a good job
  • Contact sports shouldn't be played in schools
  • Education should focus on maths and science rather than music and art
  • Fast food should be banned in schools
  • Girls should be actively encouraged to enter STEM fields
  • Homeschooling is better than traditional schooling
  • Homework should be banned in schools
  • Laptops should be banned in schools
  • Public schools are better than private schools
  • Religion should be taught in schools
  • Schools should be privatised
  • Schools should have armed guards
  • Schools should teach abstinence-only sex education
  • Schools should teach LGBT+ inclusive sex education
  • School uniforms should be mandatory
  • Standardised testing in schools should be abolished
  • STD testing should be offered in schools
  • Student loans are exploitative
  • Studying a second language in school should be compulsory

Political Topics:

Political debate topics are a little more serious and generally suit a high school to college-level audience
Political debate topics are a little more serious and generally suit a high school to college-level audience | Source
  • All people should be able to own guns
  • The British Monarchy should be abolished
  • Britain should leave the European Union
  • Churches shouldn't be tax exempt
  • Our country should make a land claim on Antarctica
  • Freedom of speech isn't a necessity in a functional society
  • Illegal immigrants should be treated as criminals
  • Juries should include 24 jurors instead of 12
  • Our country should allow more refugees to enter
  • Owing an automatic weapon is morally justifiable
  • Patriotism is ultimately destructive to international relations
  • Politics should be kept out of schools
  • Presidential terms should be 2 years instead of 4
  • Prisons should be governmentally owned and run
  • The rich should be more heavily taxed than they currently are
  • The U.N. should have a standing army
  • The U.S. shouldn't intervene in overseas conflicts
  • The U.S voting system is undemocratic
  • The voting age should be lowered to 16
  • Voting should be mandatory
  • The West should lift all sanctions on Iran
  • The West should lift all sanctions on North Korea

Societal Topics:

Societal debate topics suit audiences of all ages
Societal debate topics suit audiences of all ages | Source
  • Abortion should be legalised
  • All companies should be made to hire fifty percent male and fifty percent female employees
  • Barbie is a good role model for young girls
  • Burning the flag should be illegal
  • Christmas has lost its intended meaning
  • The death penalty should be abolished
  • Drug use should be treated as a mental health issue rather than a criminal offence
  • Euthanasia should be legal
  • Feminism is irrelevant in the 21st century
  • Feminism should focus more on men's rights
  • Gay marriage should be legalised
  • Gay people should be able to adopt children
  • Graffiti art is just as worthy of being shown in galleries as classical paintings
  • Health insurance should cover cosmetic procedures
  • Internet censorship is sometimes warranted
  • Marijuana has viable and powerful medicinal uses
  • Marijuana should be legalised for recreational use
  • Media censorship can, in some cases, be justified
  • The 'Me Too' movement has gone too far
  • The minimum wage should be lowered
  • Patriotism is more harmful than it is beneficial
  • Police shouldn't be able to use deadly force
  • Religion does more harm than good
  • Safe-injecting rooms should be implemented in every major city
  • Sex-work should illegal
  • Smoking should be banned
  • Social media does more harm than good

Environmental Topics:

Environmental debate topics can be research-heavy but are a good choice if you're passionate about our planet
Environmental debate topics can be research-heavy but are a good choice if you're passionate about our planet
  • Climate change is the greatest threat to face us in human history
  • Companies should be taxed on the carbon emissions they produce
  • Everyone should be vegetarian
  • Fracking should be permitted
  • Live animal exports should be banned
  • More land should be dedicated as National Parks
  • Organic farming is the future of agriculture
  • The Paris Agreement isn't relevant anymore
  • The sale of fur should be banned
  • Sharks should be culled after a shark attack
  • Tourism is beneficial for the environment
  • Zoos should be banned

Other Topics:

  • Alcohol shouldn't be sold after 10pm
  • Alternative medicines should be banned
  • Animal testing can be justified
  • Artificial intelligence is dangerous
  • Beauty pageants should be banned
  • Children these days get too many trophies
  • Childhood obesity is due to bad parenting
  • Children should be exposed to technology as early as possible
  • Dance should not be considered a sport
  • Fast food advertising during children's programs should be banned
  • Fines should be scaled depending on income
  • Gaming should be considered a sport
  • Human cloning should be legalised
  • Parents should be able to refuse medical treatment for their children
  • Parents should be able to choose the sex of their child
  • Parents should limit the amount of time their children have on technology
  • Pop music is the best kind of music
  • Unpaid internships should be banned
  • Violent video games should be banned

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Conclusion:

And there we have it; 100 of the best current debate topics to feed all of your speech-writing needs. I hope that you've found a topic that appeals to you on this list, and good luck with your speech!

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