Argumentative Speech Topics

by Loraine Walters
Created: 23.07.2019
Updated: 10.04.2020
Argumentative Speech Topics

List of 406 Argumentative Speech Topics

  1. 9/11 was an excuse for continuous war.
  2. A college education needs to be about preparing for the world of work.
  3. A student organization should be formed to rescue and care for the feral cats on campus.
  4. A vegetarian diet is as healthy as a diet containing meat.
  5. Abused children grow up to be abusers
  6. Adoptive parents should be legally bound to allow biological parents access to their children.
  7. Advantages and disadvantages of giving international aid to poor countries.
  8. Advertising of prescription drugs should not be allowed.
  9. Advertising: Information Or Manipulation?
  10. Aids is the forgotten disease now that it affects mainly African countries
  11. All citizens should be required by law to vote.
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  13. All citizens should dedicate an hour a week to community service.
  14. All citizens should speak a second language.
  15. All citizens under the age of 21 should be required to pass a driving education course before receiving a license to drive.
  16. All forms of government welfare should be abolished.
  17. All immigrants to English speaking countries should pass a test before being allowed rights to settle and be re-tested after 10 years.
  18. All men and women should complete a year of civil service.
  19. All motor vehicles should be pushed towards electric power.
  20. All people should be allowed to strike.
  21. All phobias can be cured
  22. All states should gain equal representation in elections.
  23. All students in high school and college should be required to take at least two years of a foreign language.
  24. Alternative energy and hybrid vehicles can help save our planet.
  25. America is seen as a safe haven for victims of persecution from all over the world
  26. American football is better than rugby.
  27. Americans should have more holidays and longer vacation.
  28. An emphasis on sport in college should be removed.
  29. Any citizen who does not have a criminal record should be permitted to carry a concealed weapon.
  30. Any student caught cheating on an examination should be automatically dismissed from college.
  31. Any student caught cheating on an examination should be automatically dismissed from college.
  32. Are actors and professional athletes paid too much?
  33. Are Americans sexual prudes?
  34. Are beauty pageants exploitive?
  35. Are cell phones dangerous?
  36. Are CEOs paid too much?
  37. Are colleges and schools just for either all girls or all boys fair or are they sexist?
  38. Are conflicts necessary for healthy relationships?
  39. Are early marriages more likely to end in divorces?
  40. Are famous people treated unfairly by the media? Should they be given more privacy, or is the price of their fame an invasion into their private lives?
  41. Are fast food chains killing people?
  42. Are girls too mean to each other?
  43. Are humans solely responsible for GlobalWarming?
  44. Are law enforcement cameras an invasion of privacy?
  45. Are optimism and success infectious?
  46. Are parents clueless about child predators on the Internet?
  47. Are some TV ads objects of art?
  48. Are test scores a good indication of a school’s competency?
  49. Are there any alternatives to evolution?
  50. Are there benefits to attending a single-sex school?
  51. Are vampires real or only in the novels characters?
  52. Are we too dependent on foreign oil?
  53. Are women better parents than men?
  54. Are zoos necessary for education?
  55. At the end of each term, student evaluations of faculty should be posted online.
  56. Average workplace hours are too long.
  57. Banning burkhas or other religious clothing is against human rights.
  58. Banning some books and movies can help society.
  59. Beauty pageants are exploitative
  60. Both parents should assume equal responsibility in raising a child.
  61. Both parents should assume equal responsibility in raising a child.
  62. Breastfeeding is one of the most important things a mother can do for a child.
  63. Britain should adopt a new voting system
  64. Britain should exit the EU and concentrate on its special relationship with America
  65. Brothels should be legalised.
  66. Can businesses learn from their customers’ complaints?
  67. Can college athletes be smart?
  68. Can diamonds be girls’ best friends?
  69. Can listening to favorite music heal?
  70. Can virtual reality be dangerous for kids?
  71. Can we call any war ‘a peacemaking operation’?
  72. Capitalism is another name for evil.
  73. Celebrities adopting multi-racial kids is merely another cog in their publicity wheel
  74. Censorship is sometimes justified.
  75. CEOS of public service industries are paid too much
  76. Cheating helps children learn.
  77. Cheating on an examination should be a criminal offense.
  78. Children learn best by observing the behavior of adults and copying it.
  79. Children should never be educated at home by their parents.
  80. Chivalry has no place in modern society.
  81. Churches should be required to pay taxes.
  82. Cigarettes will never be banned completely because Governments couldn’t work without the income they generate
  83. Citizens should be taxed a percentage to send towards medical research.
  84. College athletes should be exempted from regular class-attendance policies.
  85. College students in the U.S. should be offered financial incentives to graduate in three years rather than four.
  86. College students should have complete freedom to choose their own courses.
  87. College students should have the freedom to choose their own courses.
  88. Community service isn’t a punishment.
  89. Computers can translate all kinds of languages well. Do our children need to learn more languages in the future?
  90. Condoms should be dispensed free in high schools
  91. Convicted prisoners have a better life in prison than out
  92. Corruption in society is an unstoppable force.
  93. Damage to the environment is an inevitable consequence of worldwide improvements in the standard of living.
  94. Damage to the environment is an inevitable consequence of worldwide improvements in the standard of living.
  95. Decreasing the wealth tax is good for the economy.
  96. Democracy is the best form of government.
  97. Destruction of the world’s forest is justified by human need for land and food.
  98. Dieting does more harm than good.
  99. Dieting Does Not Help People Lose Weight
  100. Dieting makes people fat.
  101. Divorced parents should always share custody of their children
  102. Do colleges put too much stock in standardized test scores?
  103. Do curfews keep teens out of trouble?
  104. Do curfews keep teens out of trouble?
  105. Do elderly people receive better care in retirement homes than with family members?
  106. Do innovations really make us lazier?
  107. Do modern schools depend too much on technology?
  108. Do online students have better chances to cheat?
  109. Do SOPA and PIPA make pirates more skilful?
  110. Do the benefits of study abroad justify the difficulties?
  111. Do violent video games cause behavior problems?
  112. Do we become used to bad news? Would it be better if more good news was reported?
  113. Do we have a fair taxation system?
  114. Do we have a throw-away society?
  115. Doctors should learn about religion before practicing.
  116. Does access to condoms lead to irresponsible, dangerous, or bad behavior?
  117. Does access to condoms prevent teen pregnancy?
  118. Does adding school days really improve learning?
  119. Does age matter in relationships?
  120. Does Beavis and Butthead have a negative impact on youth?
  121. Does boredom lead to trouble?
  122. Does foreign aid helps donor countries more than the recipients?
  123. Does participation in sports keep teens out of trouble?
  124. Does religion cause war?
  125. Does smoking help make acquaintances?
  126. Does state wide testing like TAKS/STAAR test in Texas really increase student knowledge?
  127. Does the ‘old boy network’ still exist?
  128. Does the English language need to be simpler?
  129. Does the government have the right to tax its citizens?
  130. Does travel help to promote understanding and communication between countries?
  131. Drunk drivers should be imprisoned on the first offence.
  132. Education is the single most important factor in the development of a country.
  133. Elderly people shouldn’t drive.
  134. Essays are not an accurate reflection of a student’s ability.
  135. Every family with children filing for divorce must go through a mandatory ‘cooling off’ period.
  136. Fast food advertisements and promotions should be banned.
  137. File-sharing programs on the Internet should/ not be banned.
  138. Financial aid shouldn’t be given to people with a criminal record.
  139. Financial incentives should be offered to high school students who perform well on standardizing tests.
  140. Foreign language instruction should begin in kindergarten.
  141. Foreign language instruction should begin in kindergarten.
  142. Free meals should be provided in every school.
  143. Freshmen should not be required to purchase a meal plan from the college.
  144. Global warming is just a phase in the planet’s life cycle
  145. GMOs are bad for health and should be avoided at any cost.
  146. Government aid for students should be based purely on academic performance.
  147. Government and military personnel should have the right to strike.
  148. Government financial aid for students should be based solely on merit.
  149. Government spying on personal communication is an infringement of civil liberty
  150. Government welfare is an excuse for laziness.
  151. Guns should be made illegal.
  152. Has marine engineering increased pollution?
  153. High school graduates should take a year off before entering college.
  154. High school is not competitive enough and does not encourage high standards of achievement in everyone
  155. How do American students compare with students from other countries?
  156. How No Child Left Behind has not been implemented correctly.
  157. How poor accounting methods cause businesses to lose money.
  158. How renewable energy technologies became economically and politically viable in the late 1990s.
  159. How should our school system in America be reformed?
  160. How should students whose first language is not English be taught in public schools?
  161. How the USA can use renewable energy, and what role oil companies can play.
  162. How young is too young to have your own cellphone?
  163. Hunting is good for the environment.
  164. If children behave badly, should their parents accept responsibility and also be punished?
  165. If nothing happens without a cause, then the big bang must have been caused by God.
  166. Illegal immigrants are good for the economy.
  167. Immigration caps should be tightened.
  168. In a society that calls for equality, men should receive a decent period of paternity leave
  169. In what ways has information technology changed work and working practices in the past 10 years?
  170. In your opinion what factors contribute to a good movie?
  171. Insurance is a waste of money
  172. Ireland would be no better if it were one country
  173. Is a lottery a good idea?
  174. Is business ethics an obsolete concept?
  175. Is cheating out of control?
  176. Is child behavior better or worse than it was years ago?
  177. Is China a new superpower?
  178. Is college admission too competitive?
  179. Is competition good?
  180. Is euthanasia inhumane?
  181. Is fashion important?
  182. Is gender equality a myth or a sustainable reality?
  183. Is global climate change man-made?
  184. Is homework harmful or helpful?
  185. Is it fair to use the results of standardized tests to define schools’ budgets?
  186. Is Michael Jordan the best basketball player of all time?
  187. Is music in shopping malls harmful to employees’ wellbeing?
  188. Is negative PR the secret behind Justin Bieber’s success?
  189. Is our election process fair?
  190. Is our election process fair?
  191. Is Private school tuition (elementary, high school or college) really worth it?
  192. Is the American criminal justice system racist?
  193. Is the Bermuda triangle a creation of our imagination?
  194. Is the education policy ‘No Child Left behind’ working?
  195. Is the first impression of a person always right?
  196. Is the way to a man’s heart through his stomach?
  197. Is too much political correctness making communication more confusing?
  198. Is torture ever acceptable?
  199. Is year-round school a good idea or bad?
  200. Italians are healthier because they drink red wine
  201. Lady Gaga is a better role model than Madonna
  202. Lapses in food safety result from a complex interplay of factors.
  203. Legalizing some drugs will not combat the scourge
  204. Many parents have no idea of what their child is doing on the computer
  205. Men do not understand the term “fashionista”
  206. Mobiles phones should be banned in schools for both students and teachers.
  207. Most asylum seekers are simply seeking a better life
  208. Most high level jobs are done by men. Should the government encourage a certain percentage of these jobs to be reserved for women?
  209. Most schools fail at adequate sex education
  210. Most study-abroad programs should be renamed “party abroad”: they are a waste of time and money.
  211. National security is an excuse for war.
  212. News editors should decide what to broadcast on TV and what to print in newspapers.
  213. Nontraditional students should be exempted from regular class-attendance policies.
  214. North Korea postulates but will never go to war
  215. Only the supermarkets win in price wars
  216. Oppressive regimes shouldn’t be given any monetary aid.
  217. Our identity is shaped by how others view us.
  218. Participating in team sports helps to develop good character.
  219. Payday loans are the worst financial product ever
  220. Paying waiters a hourly rate below minimum wage is unfair.
  221. Penalties for crimes against the environment should be tougher.
  222. People have become overly dependent on technology.
  223. People should be encouraged to holiday abroad.
  224. People should be encouraged to start their own businesses.
  225. People should have a bigger say in how the country is run.
  226. People who contribute to Social Security should have the right to choose how their money is invested.
  227. People who download from file sharing websites should be prosecuted.
  228. Pipe smoking is less harmful than cigarette smoking
  229. Political figures are out of touch with society.
  230. Politicians don’t have a “calling” – it is merely a well paid job
  231. Pornography should be illegal.
  232. Presidential elections should be held every five years.
  233. Prisoners should be used in the workforce.
  234. Privacy is a luxury not a right.
  235. Privacy is not the most important right.
  236. Professional athletes are paid too much
  237. Professional baseball players convicted of using performance-enhancing drugs should not be considered for induction into the Hall of Fame.
  238. Public figures should be struck off if they break the law.
  239. Rainforest logging should be banned.
  240. Rationing of fuel is a good idea.
  241. Religion is a force for evil.
  242. Restrictions on fuel consumption need to be implemented.
  243. Rich people should be allowed to pay off their crimes.
  244. Rich people should have tax breaks.
  245. Romantic love is a poor basis for marriage.
  246. Scottish independence would be a good thing for the UK
  247. Seeds are not a health food. They are bird food.
  248. Sexism is still a major problem in the workplace.
  249. Should Affirmative Action Be Abolished?
  250. Should Affirmative Action be abolished?
  251. Should all energy drinks be banned?
  252. Should all TV channels have censorship?
  253. Should America adopt an educational system more like Europe?
  254. Should babies younger than one get their ears pierced?
  255. Should children born with birth defects have surgery?
  256. Should children get to choose their living environment at age 13?
  257. Should college athletes be paid?
  258. Should colleges abolish reliance on SAT and ACT scores in admissions?
  259. Should companies market to children?
  260. Should companies send ‘happy birthday’ messages to clients?
  261. Should companies try to copy what their competitors do?
  262. Should corporal punishment be used to punish children?
  263. Should countries have ‘1 car per family’ policies?
  264. Should couples live together before marriage?
  265. Should creationism be taught in public schools?
  266. Should creationism be taught in schools
  267. Should developing countries concentrate on improving industrial skills or should they promote education first?
  268. Should divorce be harder to obtain?
  269. Should employees be allowed to use social media sites at work?
  270. Should fast food restaurants stop adding chemicals to their food?
  271. Should Gay Clubs Be Allowed In High Schools?
  272. Should gay couples be allowed to adopt children?
  273. Should girls ask boys out?
  274. Should government intervene in the rights of the individual with regard to family planning?
  275. Should High School Education Be Mandatory?
  276. Should hospitals use placebo treatments?
  277. Should hyperactive kids receive treatment?
  278. Should immigrants to the US be required to learn English before being granted citizenship?
  279. Should internet slang, like ‘LOL’ and ‘IMHO’ be included in dictionaries?
  280. Should journalists who distort the truth to make the news more sensational be punished?
  281. Should kids be allowed to draw on walls?
  282. Should kids under 13 be allowed on social media sites?
  283. Should lecture attendance be optional?
  284. Should marijuana be legalized in the United States?
  285. Should men get paternity leave from work?
  286. Should mind reading during poker games be banned?
  287. Should Minors Be Executed For Murder?
  288. Should money be spent on space exploration?
  289. Should news reporters be required to share their sources with viewers?
  290. Should parents be held responsible for actions of their children?
  291. Should Parents Be Held Responsible For Their Minor’s Crimes?
  292. Should parents lie to their kids about Santa Claus?
  293. Should parents pass tests before homeschooling their kids?
  294. Should parents tell their kids stories about birds and bees?
  295. Should people abandon cash and use plastic cards only?
  296. Should people be able to choose to have health care or not?
  297. Should people have to take a test to become parents?
  298. Should prostitution be legalized?
  299. Should public school teachers be randomly drug tested as a condition for employment?
  300. Should racial profiling be legal?
  301. Should retirement be compulsory at 65 years of age?
  302. Should rich countries forgive all debts for poor countries?
  303. Should rich countries pay more for environmental damage?
  304. Should schools continue to spend money on fine arts?
  305. Should schools have single sex education?
  306. Should schools offer sign language in addition to foreign languages?
  307. Should schools place more emphasis on disciplining?
  308. Should sports classes be dropped in secondary school so students can concentrate on academic subjects?
  309. Should students add their teachers as friends on Facebook?
  310. Should students be allowed to grade their teachers?
  311. Should students be required to take foreign language courses (or any other type of specific course)?
  312. Should students have profiles on all major social networks?
  313. Should students sometimes teach the class about a subject they are an expert on?
  314. Should the alcohol drinking age be increased or decreased?
  315. Should the families of organ donors be compensated for their loved one’s donation?
  316. Should the government be able to access cell phone data?
  317. Should the government have a say in our diets?
  318. Should the government provide health care?
  319. Should the legalization of marijuana be a state law or left up to the federal government to enforce?
  320. Should the military be allowed to recruit at high schools?
  321. Should the president have served in the military?
  322. Should the racing industry be forced to use biofuels?
  323. Should the same laws which prohibit the sale and consumption of heroin be applied to tobacco?
  324. Should the US drinking age be lowered or raised from age 21?
  325. Should there be a dress code to prevent students from wearing revealing clothes?
  326. Should those applying for Welfare be drug tested?
  327. Should those receiving government assistance have a limit on the number of children they can receive help for?
  328. Should those younger than 13 be allowed to have a Facebook or Myspace (or other social networking account)?
  329. Should we have a national high school exam?
  330. Should we have to pay to adopt a child?
  331. Should we preserve old buildings as historical monuments?
  332. Should Wikipedia give diplomas to their most faithful readers?
  333. Should women also be required to sign up for the draft at age 18 in the US?
  334. Social media is ruining relationships
  335. Social Security Numbers should be abolished.
  336. Society and laws are too lenient on Child Sex offenders
  337. Sodomy isn’t a sin.
  338. Sororities do nothing to enhance the cause of womanhood
  339. Space travel should be a rich man’s plaything and government funds diverted to things that matter
  340. Standardized test scores are not the best indication of a student’s aptitude for a certain course.
  341. Strict parenting raises strong-hearted, resilient kids.
  342. Students should not be required to take physical education courses.
  343. Tap water is safer than bottled water in countries where the quality of tap water is regulated.
  344. Tax avoidance should be clamped down upon.
  345. Taxes should be imposed on unhealthy foods to combat obesity.
  346. Teenagers should have more freedom than younger kids.
  347. Terminally ill patients should be allowed to use heroin.
  348. The advantages of recycling water.
  349. The age of consent should be raised.
  350. The benefits of having friends.
  351. The Burkha is a lasting symbol that Islam is divisive
  352. The continuing decline of CD sales along with the rapid growth of music downloads signals a new era of innovation in popular music.
  353. The death penalty should be reintroduced.
  354. The destruction of the world’s forests is inevitable as our need for land and food grows.
  355. The federal government should control the laws of each state.
  356. The government should support and subsidize alternative energy sources.
  357. The legal drinking age should be changed to 18 for hard liquor and spirits, and to 16 for beer and wine.
  358. The legal limit of 21 encourages underage drinking
  359. The lost art of letter-writing deserves to be revived.
  360. The media affects young children’s minds
  361. The military needs to see major cuts.
  362. The music industry needs to get with the times.
  363. The primary mission of colleges and universities should be preparing students for the workforce.
  364. The production and sale of cigarettes should be made illegal.
  365. The racing industry should be forced to use environmentally-friendly fuel.
  366. The restriction on consecutive presidential terms should be removed.
  367. The rich should pay more tax.
  368. The solution to the impending crisis in Social Security is the immediate elimination of this anachronistic government program.
  369. The war on terror has contributed to the growing abuse of human rights.
  370. The world would be more peaceful without religions.
  371. There are more benefits to working in a small company than a large one
  372. There are too many degree options in colleges.
  373. There are too many people in the U.S.
  374. There is no such thing as a superfood!
  375. Those who want children should take parenting classes and pass tests before having a child.
  376. To conserve fuel and save lives, the 55 miles-per-hour national speed limit should be restored.
  377. To encourage healthy eating, higher taxes should be imposed on soft drinks and junk food.
  378. To what extent has the traditional male role changed in the last 20 years?
  379. To what extent should universities function as training grounds for employment?
  380. To what extent should university courses be geared to the economic needs of society?
  381. Torture has a place in the fight against terrorism
  382. Torture is an acceptable measure to prevent terrorism.
  383. University students should not be penalized for illegally downloading music, movies, or other protected content.
  384. Vegetarianism is an ecologically thoughtful lifestyle.
  385. Video games do not cause violent behavior: Violence comes from values
  386. What age is appropriate for dating?
  387. What are factors which are related to academic success in high-school students?
  388. What caused the recession in the USA?
  389. What causes students to graduate high school without basic skills?
  390. What is the point of massive R&D projects like the Hadron Collider and space exploration when people are starving?
  391. What is the relationship between illegal immigration and crime
  392. What is the value of a liberal arts education?
  393. What Role should technology play in Education?
  394. What role, if any, should the federal government take in dealing with the problem of homelessness?
  395. What should a government do for a country to become successful?
  396. When should parents let teens make their own decisions?
  397. Who was the better wartime Prime Minister – Churchill or Thatcher?
  398. Why both parents should be a part of their child’s life.
  399. Why children should be respected.
  400. Why it is better to have many religions.
  401. Why people should smile when they’re happy, and pretend they are happy when feeling sad.
  402. Why veterans should have more government support.
  403. Women make better presidents.
  404. Women priests have further weakened the influence of the church today
  405. Working from home is good for the environment.
  406. Would Shakespeare’s plays be more interesting if shortened?
  407. Zoos are internment camps for animals and should be shut down.

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