Debate Speech Topics

by Loraine Walters
Created: 11.02.2020
Updated: 12.02.2020
Debate Speech Topics

List of 130+ Debate Speech Topics

  1. Adolescents having the right to make autonomous medical choices.
  2. All students being required to learn sewing.
  3. Animal testing for cosmetic products.
  4. Are Catholics Christians?
  5. Are credit cards more harmful than debit cards?
  6. Are humans causing climate change?
  7. Are spectator sports overemphasized in America today?
  8. Are violent video games contributing to violence in the world today?
  9. Benefits and limitations of teaching sociology in nurse education.
  10. Benefits of vegetarianism for health.
  11. Can cell phones be educational tools?
  12. Can the growing problem of obesity in the United States be reversed?
  13. Celebrities earning too much money.
  14. Cell phone radiation as a cause of cancer.
  15. Could a President serve for more than two terms?
  16. Countries prohibiting the production of nuclear power.
  17. Defending a decision of the Supreme Court, such as in the Roe vs. Wade case.
  18. Do adopted children have the right to know who their biological parents are?
  19. Do curfews keep teens out of trouble?
  20. Do Hollywood movies have a bad influence on the world?
  21. Do Photoshopped images promote unrealistic expectations of beauty and body image?
  22. Do school authorities have the right to search student’s lockers?
  23. Does capital punishment reduce the rate of violent crime?
  24. Does class size matter?
  25. Does God have limits?
  26. Does separating boys and girls help students perform better in school?
  27. Drug abuse and addiction as a choice versus a disease.
  28. Flu shots are necessary for risk groups.
  29. For-profit prisons in the United States should be banned.
  30. Grade 8 students being done with the school year before the rest of the school.
  31. Gun rights.
  32. Hofstra University is the best place to host the presidential debate.
  33. How can bullying in schools be stopped?
  34. How important is arts education?
  35. How long should you have to drive with a permit before you get your license?
  36. How old should you be before you’re allowed to go on your first date?
  37. How old should your child be before they get a cell phone?
  38. How should we prevent future mass shootings?
  39. If posting students’ grades publicly is motivating or humiliating.
  40. If social media is ruining the way teens communicate.
  41. If we are becoming too dependent on technology.
  42. If you can get a good job as a high school graduate.
  43. Is baptism necessary for salvation?
  44. Is competition necessary in regards to the learning process?
  45. Is drug testing athletes justified?
  46. Is Facebook better than Twitter?
  47. Is global warming an issue?
  48. Is Lester Holt the best person to choose the presidential debate topics?
  49. Is posting videos online a right of free speech?
  50. Is television an effective tool in building our children’s minds?
  51. Is the Bible literal?
  52. Is the Indo-Asian news service biased?
  53. Is the Old Testament irrelevant?
  54. Is there too much pressure on girls to have perfect bodies?
  55. Is water baptism necessary for salvation?
  56. Ketchup or mustard.
  57. Kobe or LeBron?
  58. Lowering the drinking age.
  59. Minimum wage rates.
  60. National security concerns being valued above personal privacy.
  61. People in their 50s are too old to adopt children.
  62. Placing political conditions on humanitarian aid to foreign countries.
  63. Should 16 year old people be allowed to get a tattoo?
  64. Should abortion be legal?
  65. Should affirmative action be allowed?
  66. Should animal dissections be banned in schools?
  67. Should bottled water be banned?
  68. Should computer games be used for classroom instruction?
  69. Should euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide be legal?
  70. Should everyone be eating a gluten-free diet?
  71. Should factory farming of chickens be banned?
  72. Should genetic engineering be utilized in food crops?
  73. Should Hillary Clinton have won the 2016 presidential election?
  74. Should homework assignments be limited to a maximum of three nights a week?
  75. Should homework be banned?
  76. Should junk food be banned from schools?
  77. Should juveniles be tried and treated as adults?
  78. Should marijuana be legal?
  79. Should people move in together before they are married?
  80. Should school prayer be prohibited?
  81. Should skateboards and any look-a-like large roller-skate wheel transportation devices be prohibited on sidewalks?
  82. Should sodas and sugary snacks be banned from schools?
  83. Should states have more control over the implementation of Federal government decisions?
  84. Should students be required to wear a school uniform?
  85. Should the Internet be banned from schools?
  86. Should the United States build a physical barrier along the US-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration?
  87. Should there be a curfew for people under 18 years to reduce crime?
  88. Should there be restrictions on free speech?
  89. Should we rethink how long students spend in high school?
  90. Structured prayer versus spontaneous prayer.
  91. Students being required to learn a foreign language in middle school.
  92. Students should never be forced to repeat a year of school.
  93. Students should not be graded on their handwriting.
  94. The Freedom of Speech Amendment must be applied to internet communication.
  95. The importance of reducing fossil fuel emissions.
  96. The United States Federal Government ought to pay reparations to African Americans.
  97. The United States intervening in the internal political processes of other countries to attempt to stop human rights abuses.
  98. The United States limiting qualified immunity for police officers.
  99. The United States using private military firms abroad to pursue its military objectives.
  100. Trial by jury is not objective.
  101. Weightlifting vs. cardio: Which is better for weight loss?
  102. What impact does social networking have on the classroom?
  103. What is the biggest threat to national security?
  104. When should Black Friday sales start?
  105. Whether an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree is more beneficial.
  106. Whether being a college graduate is necessary for a successful career.
  107. Whether cell phones may be used during class.
  108. Whether Donald Trump should be impeached.
  109. Whether drug prohibition minimizes drug use.
  110. Whether Foreign Direct Investment multi-brand retail should be allowed in India.
  111. Whether homework is necessary.
  112. Whether it’s a good idea to have laptops in classrooms.
  113. Whether Jeb Bush should have made it further in the presidential election.
  114. Whether marriage is outdated.
  115. Whether milk benefit outweighs the cons of consuming dairy products.
  116. Whether sexual orientation matters for marriage rights.
  117. Whether shall-issue laws are decreasing violent crime rates.
  118. Whether students should be guaranteed two years of free tuition to a community or technical college.
  119. Whether the death penalty is an appropriate penalty for certain crimes.
  120. Whether the United States federal government should increase its funding for elementary or secondary education in the United States.
  121. Whether you can have both a happy family life and a successful career.
  122. Whether you should live frugally and save for retirement or spend money now.
  123. Which current musicians will stand the test of time?
  124. Who really won the final presidential debate?
  125. Who the best or worst candidates were for the 2016 presidential election.
  126. Who the next Democratic candidate should be for the presidency.
  127. Who the next Republican candidate should be for the presidency.
  128. Why all college campuses should or should not be co-ed
  129. Why homework is harmful.
  130. Why money should be spent to improve your school’s athletic complex.
  131. Why pizza is the best food on the planet.
  132. Year-round schooling is better for students.

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