Controversial Debate Topics

by Loraine Walters
Created: 15.04.2019
Updated: 10.04.2020
List of Controversial Debate Topics

Students just love to debate on various things that can be viewed from the different angles and perspectives. As a teacher, you should encourage them to discuss some topics in the best way they can, as it sharpens their writing, analytical, communicational and social skills. The best topics require the most of the skills to be included when working on these, so you can expect to see great essays and discussions that enhance you as a teacher, but also students and their colleagues. When it comes to controversial debate topics for students in the United States, the list of most interesting topics for writing an essay is a long one.

The top subjects will be listed in the below list, and try to remember that students love to talk about any of these as long as you allow them to express what they really mean on an interesting topic. For that reason, the controversial debates are a fantastic way to engage lazy students into the discussion. Try to give them several of these topics, so they basically have a choice to choose what they like to talk about with you but also other students as well.

List of 105 Controversial Debate Topics

  1. ‘Majorityism’ is just another word for mobocracy.
  2. A democracy without effective citizenry for large sections of the political community is democracy only for the few.
  3. A person cannot be whole while most of the world is broken.
  4. A presidential form of government would be better than the current parliamentary system.
  5. A uniform civil code both secular and non-sexiest, is necessary (equal rights in marriage and inheritance, legal protection from divorce, women, guarantee of adequate maintenance, abolition of the concept of illegitimacy with the duty to look after such children equally vested in the father )
  6. Advertising creates artificial needs.
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  8. Anyone who watches five days of cricket should be declared brain death.
  9. Are There Things Which Women Do That Men Don’t Know?
  10. Arranged marriages are better than ‘love’ marriage.
  11. Being unwanted is the most terrible of diseases.
  12. Boys are higher achiever than girls.
  13. Cable TV has done more damage than good.
  14. Can Anyone Recover From A Broken Relationship?
  15. Capital punishment is unjust and degrading.
  16. Casteism and corruption goes together.
  17. Casteism is racism.
  18. Charge-sheeted politicians should resign.
  19. Class size in primary and secondary school should not exceed 30 students.
  20. Cloning is immortal and dangerous.
  21. Communication : the sharing of ideas or feelings.
  22. Communication skills, computer familiarity and personal initiative are the three greatest needs of young people.
  23. Corruption, the abuse of public power for private gain, cannot be eradicated.
  24. Crickets is being favored to the detriment of hockey, which is the game of poorer youth.
  25. Despite legal enactments, discrimination against Dalits is as strong as ever.
  26. Development programs hardly ever benefit the poor.
  27. Development that sustains the present inequalities is undesirable.
  28. Do Guys Offer One Of The Best Makeup Advice?
  29. Do You Believe In Polygamy Or Monogamy?
  30. Do You Believe That The Government Is Doing Enough To Fight The “Opioid’ Crisis?
  31. Do You Feel That Girls Are Exercising More Than Boys Today?
  32. Do You Feel That The Labor Unions Have Been Under Siege Throughout The Year?
  33. Does Getting a Boyfriend in College Mean That You’ll Have a Smooth Time in School?
  34. Elections are not the best test of democracy.
  35. Employment creation should be the chief aim of our planning.
  36. Football is a better game than cricket for Indian youth.
  37. Friends are the most important thing in life.
  38. GDH (Gross Domestic Happiness) is more important in judging the well-being of a country than GDP (Gross Domestic Product)
  39. Good economics is good politics.
  40. Hospital employs should have the right to strike.
  41. Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
  42. If at 20 you are not Socialist, you do not have a heart; if at 30, you are still a Socialist, you do not have a mind.
  43. In the contest of global interdependence, security and sovereignty must be re-defined.
  44. In today’s world a ‘culture of death’ is gaining supremacy over a ‘culture of life.’
  45. Ineffective communication is the fault of the communicator.
  46. Is Being In The “Friend Zone’ Actually A Good Thing
  47. Is It Okay To Break Up With Your Girlfriend Or Boyfriend When Either Partner Is Disloyal?
  48. Is The Federal Tax Revision A Good Or Bad Policy?
  49. Is The Government Doing Enough To Improve The Health Insurance Systems?
  50. Is The Increasing Over-Reliance On Tax Payer’s Money By The Government Intentional Or Merely A Necessity In Growing The Economy?
  51. It is impossible to eradicate violence in the country.
  52. It is more noble to give yourself completely to one individual than to labor diligently for the uplift of the mass.
  53. Job flexibility and job security cannot co-exist.
  54. Job security is the biggest motivator than money.
  55. Laws That Will Make Employees Work Feel More Predictable And Stable: Are Such Regulations Good Or Bad For The Economy?
  56. Money is more important than love.
  57. Money is the biggest motivator of people at the workplace.
  58. Movies penetrate the deepest corners of one’s soul.
  59. Our problem is not overpopulation but under-population.’
  60. Reservation of seats in Parliament is neither desirable nor helpful to women.
  61. Should Elected Officials Be Punished For Violating Their Employee Or Personnel Policies?
  62. Should State Officials Be Forced To Confront The Problem Or Increased Sexual Harassment?
  63. Should You Give Up When She Says No To A Date?
  64. Social networking technologies will bring about great changes in educational methods, in and out of the classroom.
  65. The “digital divide” is a secondary problem in the educational needs of the developing countries.
  66. The Babri Mazid affair distracted the country from the real issue: poverty, malnutrition and unemployment.
  67. The continuing introduction of new technologies and new media adds little to the quality of education.
  68. The development of a sound educational and heath system insures the nation’s security more than military strength.
  69. The effects of economic reforms are trickling down.
  70. The elimination of global poverty is the greatest moral challenge facing the work today.
  71. The gifts people hold in common are more significant than those by which they differ.
  72. The image of the human person affirmed by the electronic media is incompatible with Indian values.
  73. The Mandal Commission and Kargil distracted the country from the real issue: poverty, illiteracy, disease, exploitation.
  74. The media offer a deformed outlook on like.
  75. The middle class in India is becoming selfish, socially callous and obsessed with material gain.
  76. The new economic policy is helping the poor.
  77. The only war worth fighting is the war on poverty.
  78. The private life of the politicians is no concern of the public.
  79. The public sector has proved a great failure.
  80. The test of democracy is its protection of minority rights.
  81. The treatment of women is steadily improving.
  82. The war against child labour be being lost.
  83. The world is getting more (ethical) every year.
  84. There are no bad children, only bad parents.
  85. There is more intellect than emotion in our way of life.
  86. To be eligible for college, a student should have done twelve months social service in reforestation, road building, soil conservation, health or literacy work.
  87. To much money and too much attention is being given to Cricketers.
  88. TV and films influence children more than parents.
  89. Under Indian conditions coalition governments are neither effective nor long lasting.
  90. Unless untouchability and discrimination against women are eliminated, we cannot be true democracy.
  91. Voters should be given the choice “None of the above”
  92. We are as sick as we are secret.
  93. We have a democratic system but not democratic values.
  94. We must trust our neighbouring countries in some way to have peace in the subcontinent.
  95. What is the purpose of life ‘Getting and Spending’ or ‘Loving and serving’ ?
  96. When She Smiles At You, Does It Mean She Likes You?
  97. Which is more important money or love ?
  98. Why eastern India is falling behind western India ?
  99. Will Sexual Harassment Training Help State Officials And Americans As A Whole To Deal With The Problem?
  100. Will The 5G Wireless Networking System Require More Work Than What Is Being Proposed?
  101. Women are underpaid, undervalued and underutilized.
  102. Women have no rights to have an abortion.
  103. Women make better politicians than men.
  104. Women make better teachers than men.
  105. You get more news from the radio than from TV.
  106. Youth’s fascination with music, dance, computers and computer games is lowering the level of Indian sports performance.
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