Debate Random Topics

Topic 1
A lottery of qualified candidates should be used for college admission
Topic 2
Abolish the UN Security Council veto
Topic 3
Adult-oriented cartoons should only be broadcast on television after 10PM.
Topic 4
Advertisements around schools should be banned
Topic 5
Algebra should not be required for high school graduation.
Topic 6
All Americans should be required to provide 1 year of national service.
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Topic 7
All middle schools should require student uniforms
Topic 8
All schools should provide students with music and art education.
Topic 9
All students should be required to say the Pledge of Allegiance
Topic 10
All tax increases should require voter approval
Topic 11
American involvement in Iraq has done more good than harm
Topic 12
American military involvement in Iraq has done more good than harm
Topic 13
Americans should not be allowed to burn the United States flag as an act of free speech.
Topic 14
Americans should support uncivil political discussion
Topic 15
Animal performances should be banned in circuses
Topic 16
Animals should not be used for entertainment.
Topic 17
Asian Oyster seeding in the Chesapeake Bay should be banned
Topic 18
Ban boxing!
Topic 19
Ban plastic bags in grocery stores.
Topic 20
Barack Obama should return his Nobel Peace Prize
Topic 21
Baseball leagues should ban aluminum bats
Topic 22
Beauty pageants do more good than harm
Topic 23
Businesses should not place advertisements in schools.
Topic 24
California high schools should substantially expand vocational training
Topic 25
California should abolish the death penalty.
Topic 26
California should ban all cell phone use by drivers
Topic 27
California should ban smoking in all public areas
Topic 28
California should criminalize spanking
Topic 29
California should eliminate its “three strikes” law
Topic 30
California should eliminate Prop 13
Topic 31
California should have drivers’ licenses for undocumented residents
Topic 32
California should legalize internet gambling
Topic 33
California should legalize physician-assisted suicide
Topic 34
California should raise the driving age to 18
Topic 35
California should raise the minimum driving age to 18
Topic 36
California should substantially increase the minimum wage
Topic 37
California’s ballot initiative process does more harm than good
Topic 38
California’s electoral vote allocation should remain winner take all.
Topic 39
Capital punishment should be banned by the United States federal government.
Topic 40
Celebrities should not be role models
Topic 41
Cell phones should be allowed in middle schools.
Topic 42
Cell phones should be allowed in schools
Topic 43
China is more an enemy than an ally of the United States
Topic 44
Cigarettes should be banned
Topic 45
College athletes should be paid.
Topic 46
Colleges’ early admissions policies do more harm than good.
Topic 47
Community service should be mandatory in high school.
Topic 48
Corporal punishment of children should be illegal
Topic 49
Credit cards do more harm than good
Topic 50
Custody hearings should not take a child’s biological parentage into consideration
Topic 51
Drug companies should not be allowed to advertise prescription drugs to the general public.
Topic 52
Eliminate super-majority legislative voting!
Topic 53
Extra-terrestrial intelligence exists.
Topic 54
Fast food restaurants do more harm than good.
Topic 55
First Amendment free speech should not protect hate speech
Topic 56
Food aid does more harm than good
Topic 57
For adolescents, television is a better teacher than books.
Topic 58
Fossil fuels are easily replaced.
Topic 59
Fried foods should have warning labels
Topic 60
Genghis Khan did more good than harm.
Topic 61
Gentrification does more harm than good
Topic 62
Giving money to panhandlers is justified.
Topic 63
Government financial aid should only be available for students attending public colleges and universities
Topic 64
Government should not fund public radio and television
Topic 65
Governments should use political assassination to protect national security
Topic 66
Governor Schwarzenegger has been good for California
Topic 67
High school attendance should be voluntary
Topic 68
High school students should have to pass a national exit exam to graduate
Topic 69
Home schooling does more good than harm
Topic 70
Homeland security is more important than the protection of civil liberties
Topic 71
Homework does more good than harm.
Topic 72
Human cloning should be allowed in the United States
Topic 73
Human-caused environmental catastrophes should be classified as crimes against humanity.
Topic 74
In cases of kidnapping or piracy, governments should pay ransom.
Topic 75
In the case of student lockers, school safety is more important than student privacy.
Topic 76
India should have a permanent set and veto power in the United Nations Security Council.
Topic 77
Individuals should graduate from high school to be eligible to vote
Topic 78
Iran should be allowed to develop nuclear energy
Topic 79
It is better to be a follower than a leader.
Topic 80
It is morally acceptable to experiment on animals for medical purposes.
Topic 81
It is unconstitutional to require citizens to purchase health care insurance
Topic 82
It is unethical for corporate executives to earn significantly more than their workers.
Topic 83
It is unethical for elected officials to send their children to private school
Topic 84
It should be illegal to sell coffee and coffee products to minors anywhere in the United States.
Topic 85
Junior high and high schools should randomly test their athletes for drug use
Topic 86
Junk food should be banned in schools
Topic 87
Jury service should be optional.
Topic 88
Juveniles should be tried as adults for felonies.
Topic 89
K-12 schools should ban junk food sales
Topic 90
L.A. County should ban all trans fats in restaurants.
Topic 91
Letter grades in schools do more harm than good
Topic 92
Lower the legal drinking age in the U.S. to 18.
Topic 93
Lower the voting age to 16
Topic 94
Medical testing on animals does more good than harm
Topic 95
NAFTA should be extended throughout the Americas
Topic 96
NATO should not develop a missile shield
Topic 97
NATO should withdraw from Afghanistan
Topic 98
Nontraditional English should be acknowledged in academia.
Topic 99
On average, zoos do more good than harm.
Topic 100
On balance, children’s television does more good than harm
Topic 101
On balance, George W. Bush has done more good than harm.
Topic 102
On balance, nuclear energy does more good than harm.
Topic 103
On balance, special interests are a positive influence in American politics.
Topic 104
On balance, video games do more good than harm.
Topic 105
Organ donation should be compulsory for all United States citizens.
Topic 106
Pakistan is more an enemy than an ally of the United States
Topic 107
Parental spanking of children should be a crime.
Topic 108
Parents should be held legally responsible for their children’s actions.
Topic 109
Parents should be punished for their children’s’ mistakes
Topic 110
Parents should not buy war toys for their children.
Topic 111
Parents should not purchase war toys for their children.
Topic 112
PE should be compulsory in school
Topic 113
Peer pressure does more good than harm.
Topic 114
Physical education in grades K-12 should be compulsory
Topic 115
Physician-assisted suicide should be legalized
Topic 116
Political advertising does more good than harm
Topic 117
Private swimming pools are unethical.
Topic 118
Professional athletes should not be allowed to compete in the Olympic Games
Topic 119
Public financing of elections is preferable to current campaign rules
Topic 120
Public funds should not be used for professional sports stadiums
Topic 121
Puerto Rico should be a state.
Topic 122
Rap music does more harm than good
Topic 123
‘Reality television’ does more good than harm
Topic 124
Recycling does more harm than good
Topic 125
Released felons should have voting rights
Topic 126
Repeal the Military Commissions Act.
Topic 127
Repeal the trans-fat ban in New York City.
Topic 128
Resume the 6-party talks
Topic 129
Saudi Arabia is more an enemy than an ally to the United States
Topic 130
School attendance should be voluntary
Topic 131
School districts should publish value-added scores of teacher effectiveness
Topic 132
School should be year-round
Topic 133
School vouchers should be allowed
Topic 134
Schools in the United States should ban animal dissection.
Topic 135
Schools should abolish letter “D” grades
Topic 136
Schools should ban animal dissection.
Topic 137
Schools should ban junk food
Topic 138
Schools should be year round.
Topic 139
Schools should eliminate letter grades
Topic 140
Schools should end the practice of giving awards
Topic 141
Schools should not block online access to personal and social media sites
Topic 142
Schools should not have competitive sports
Topic 143
Schools should not support competitive interscholastic sports
Topic 144
Schools should not use standardized testing.
Topic 145
Schools should provide for single sex instruction.
Topic 146
Schools should punish students for cyber-bullying
Topic 147
Scientists should clone Neanderthals
Topic 148
September 11 should be made a national holiday.
Topic 149
Single sex schools are better for students than co-ed schools in grades K-12.
Topic 150
Single-sex education is better than co-ed.
Topic 151
Size zero fashion models should be banned.
Topic 152
Soccer players should wear helmets
Topic 153
Spanish should be a mandatory course in public schools
Topic 154
Stability is preferable to democracy in the Middle East
Topic 155
‘Stand Your Ground’ laws do more good than harm
Topic 156
State lotteries should be ended
Topic 157
States should abolish non-medical exemptions to mandatory immunization laws
Topic 158
States should require special license plates for convicted drunk drivers
Topic 159
Stem cell research should be expanded
Topic 160
Student bystanders should be punished for failing to stop bullying
Topic 161
Students should be able to have cell phones at school.
Topic 162
Students should be allowed to chew gum in school
Topic 163
Students should be allowed to sue their school for educational malpractice
Topic 164
Students should be fluent in a foreign language to graduate from high school
Topic 165
Students should be punished for failing to report cheating
Topic 166
Students should be required to learn a second language for high school graduation.
Topic 167
Supreme Court proceedings should be televised
Topic 168
Tax carbon!
Topic 169
Teachers should not be allowed to give candy as rewards
Topic 170
Teachers should not use candy as rewards.
Topic 171
Television does more harm than good.
Topic 172
Television is a bad influence.
Topic 173
Term limits for state legislators should be eliminated.
Topic 174
The American presidential primary and caucus system does more good than harm.
Topic 175
The assault weapon ban should be extended
Topic 176
The atomic bombing of Hiroshima was justified
Topic 177
The compassionate release of the Lockerbie bomber does more good than harm
Topic 178
The Constitution should be amended to follow foreign born citizens to serve as President of the United States
Topic 179
The District of Columbia should become the 51st state
Topic 180
The driving age in California should be raised to 18.
Topic 181
The Electoral College should be abolished
Topic 182
The federal government should not give foreclosure relief to homeowners
Topic 183
The federal government’s response to Hurricane Katrina was appropriate
Topic 184
The First Amendment should not protect hate speech
Topic 185
The focus on standards-based education in public middle schools does more good than harm
Topic 186
The French government should permit students to wear visible religious symbols in state schools.
Topic 187
The Internet has done more harm than good.
Topic 188
The late-night Metrorail service is a failed transportation experiment.
Topic 189
The legal system should have the option to charge juveniles as adults in murder cases
Topic 190
The movie rating system is ineffective.
Topic 191
The No Child Left Behind Act has done more good than harm.
Topic 192
The Obama Administration should prosecute Bush Administration officials for war crimes
Topic 193
The Obama Administration should release photographs of detainee abuse
Topic 194
The Obama Administration’s stimulus bill will do more harm than good
Topic 195
The obese should pay more for health care
Topic 196
The Olympic Games should be abolished
Topic 197
The President of the United States should be elected by the direct vote of the people.
Topic 198
The President should negotiate with dictators
Topic 199
The President should not send a wreath to the Arlington Confederate Monument
Topic 200
The public should support TSA full body scans and extensive pat-down searches
Topic 201
The public’s right to know is more important than the privacy of celebrities.
Topic 202
The Supreme Court should end affirmative action in higher education
Topic 203
The U S Government subsidy of the arts should end
Topic 204
The U.N. should impose sanctions on Myanmar/Burma.
Topic 205
The U.S invasion of Iraq has done more harm than good
Topic 206
The U.S should have a draft for military service
Topic 207
The U.S should not send humans into space
Topic 208
The United Nations has failed at its mission
Topic 209
The United Nations Security Council should have no permanent members.
Topic 210
The United Nations should impose sanctions on Israel for future settlement construction
Topic 211
The United Nations should restrict the right of veto in the Security Council
Topic 212
The United States Constitution should be amended to establish a mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court Justices.
Topic 213
The United States Federal Government should ban assault weapons
Topic 214
The United States Federal Government should ban production of genetically modified organisms
Topic 215
The United States Federal Government should pay reparations for slavery
Topic 216
The United States government should provide free healthcare for all U.S. citizens.
Topic 217
The United States is losing the war on Terror
Topic 218
The United States military should immediately withdraw from Iraq.
Topic 219
The United States should abolish the Senate
Topic 220
The United States should adopt a new timber policy
Topic 221
The United States should adopt English as the official national language
Topic 222
The United States should adopt President Bush’s proposed guest worker program.
Topic 223
The United States should amend the Constitution to allow foreign-born citizens to serve as President
Topic 224
The United States should amend the constitution to criminalize flag burning.
Topic 225
The United States should ban the death penalty
Topic 226
The United States should ban the importation of all products from China.
Topic 227
The United States should block Jihadi websites
Topic 228
The United States should close its Guantanamo prison
Topic 229
The United States should eliminate its own weapons of mass destruction
Topic 230
The United States should eliminate the mortgage interest tax deduction.
Topic 231
The United States should end its use of the penny.
Topic 232
The United States should end the embargo on Cuba.
Topic 233
The United States should establish a national DNA database
Topic 234
The United States should expand its use of nuclear power
Topic 235
The United States should guarantee health care for its residents.
Topic 236
The United States should have a draft for military service
Topic 237
The United States should have a national identification card
Topic 238
The United States should have compulsory voting
Topic 239
The United States should launch a preemptive strike against Iran.
Topic 240
The United States should lift economic sanctions on Cuba
Topic 241
The United States should lower the voting age
Topic 242
The United States should negotiate with the Taliban
Topic 243
The United States should open federal lands and offshore areas for oil drilling
Topic 244
The United States should pay reparations for slavery
Topic 245
The United States should significantly expand its use of nuclear power.
Topic 246
The United States should significantly increase space exploration
Topic 247
The United States should significantly reduce the military budget to promote the domestic economy
Topic 248
The United States should substantially increase taxes to balance the budget and eliminate debt.
Topic 249
The United States should switch to the metric system.
Topic 250
The United States should tax capital gains at the same rate as ordinary income
Topic 251
The United States should withdraw all its troops from Iraq by December 31, 2008.
Topic 252
The United States should withdraw from Iraq
Topic 253
The United States should withdraw its military from Iraq.
Topic 254
The US Federal Government should significantly increase taxes on gasoline
Topic 255
The US government should use political assassination to protect national security
Topic 256
The US military should leave Iraq
Topic 257
The US Senate should eliminate the filibuster
Topic 258
The US should eliminate farm subsidies
Topic 259
The US should establish term limits for Article III federal judges
Topic 260
The US should have a defined and limited presidential primary campaign season
Topic 261
The US should not give development assistance to non-democratic governments.
Topic 262
The US should not permit birthright citizenship
Topic 263
The US should not use economic sanctions in non-economic international disputes
Topic 264
The US should reduce environmental protection to promote its economic development
Topic 265
The US should substantially increase gas taxes
Topic 266
There should be year-round schooling for students in grades K-12.
Topic 267
This House opposes trial by jury
Topic 268
This House prefers stability to democracy in the Arab world
Topic 269
This House prefers to negotiate with terrorists
Topic 270
This House supports compulsory voting in national elections
Topic 271
This House would accept Iran as a nuclear weapon state
Topic 272
This House would ban international adoption of children
Topic 273
This House would establish a universal DNA database
Topic 274
This House would establish gender quotas for legislative assemblies
Topic 275
This House would prosecute spying by diplomats
Topic 276
This House would substantially limit the purchase or lease of African arable land by international investors
Topic 277
U.S. intervention in Iraq has done more good than harm
Topic 278
Undocumented immigrants should pay out-of-state tuition at public universities
Topic 279
US government bailouts for industry have done more harm than good
Topic 280
US Supreme Court Justices should have term limits
Topic 281
US Supreme Court proceedings should be televised
Topic 282
US troops and its allies should withdraw their forces from Iraq immediately.
Topic 283
Violent video games should be banned
Topic 284
Voting rights of United States felons should be reinstated after they have served their time.
Topic 285
Wal-Mart is good for America.
Topic 286
War memorials do more harm than good
Topic 287
Warrantless wiretaps in America do more harm than good
Topic 288
Warrantless wiretaps make America safer.
Topic 289
Water rates should be the same price for farmers and residential customers.
Topic 290
Websites should pay consumers for data-mining
Topic 291
Wikileaks disclosures do more good than harm
Topic 292
Wikipedia does more harm than good
Topic 293
Zoos do more harm than good