Topics for an Argument/Persuasive Essay


School and Kids


Is child behavior better or worse than it was years ago?
Is homework harmful or helpful?
Is Cheating Getting Worse?
Should Students Be Able to Grade Their Teachers?
Does Your School Hand Out Too Many A’s?
Should the military be allowed to recruit at high schools?
Are there benefits to attending a single-sex school?
Does boredom lead to trouble?
Should Middle School Students Be Drug Tested?
How Seriously Should We Take Standardized Tests?
How Well Do You Think Standardized Tests Measure Your Abilities?
Do You Spend Too Much Time Preparing for Standardized Tests?
Do Schools Provide Students With Enough Opportunities to Be Creative?
What Are You Really Learning at School?
Should Students Be Required to Take Drug Tests?
How Important Is Arts Education?
Are Children of Illegal Immigrants Entitled to a Public Education?
What Is the Right Amount of Group Work in School?
Is Your School Day Too Short?
Do Your Teachers Use Technology Well?
What Role should technology play in Education?
Should schools continue to spend money on fine arts?
Is teaching handwriting is obsolete?
Grades can’t measure students’ intelligence and performance.
Should Guns Be Permitted on College Campuses?
Would You Feel Safer With Armed Guards Patrolling Your School?
Do You Think a Longer School Calendar Is a Good Idea?
To What Writer Would You Award a Prize?
Is School Designed More for Girls Than Boys?
Do You Prefer Your Children’s Book Characters Obedient or Contrary?
Should the Dropout Age Be Raised?
Is Bullying or Cyberbullying in Your School or Community?
Why Aren’t More Girls Choosing to Pursue Careers in Math and Science?
How Should Schools Address Bullying?
What Do You Think of Grouping Students by Ability in Schools?
Does Class Size Matter?
How Would You Feel About a Computer Grading Your Essays?
How Important Are Parent-Teacher Conferences?
Text books should be replaced by I-Pads and online resources
Do You Think a Healthier School Lunch Program Is a Lost Cause?
How Necessary Is a College Education?
Should Tablet Computers Become the Primary Way Students Learn in Class?
Can Cellphones Be Educational Tools?
Should Computer Games Be Used for Classroom Instruction?
Should students be allowed to grade their teachers?

Technology


Are we too dependent on computers?
Are cell phones dangerous?
Do violent video games cause behavior problems?
Have people have become overly dependent on technology?
Does Technology Make Us More Alone?
Are People Distracted by Technology?
Do People Spend Too Much Time on Smart Phones Playing ‘Stupid Games’?
Does Facebook Ever Make Someone Feel Bad?
Should Video Games Be Considered a Sport?
Should Stores Sell Violent Video Games to Minors?
Can a Video Game Be a Work of Art?
Should internet slang, like ‘LOL’ and ‘IMHO’ be included in dictionaries?
Are cell phone texts and emails as good as talking face to face?
How are online technologies changing the way we live?
How is technology changing our definition of what it means to be human?
What should be the laws about cell phone use in cars?
How is social media changing family relationships?
Should parents limit the use of social media by teenagers?
What privacy laws should be in place for social media companies?
What should and should not be posted on Facebook by college students?
Should What You Say on Facebook Be Grounds for Getting Fired?
What Should the Punishment Be for Acts of Cyberbullying?
Is Online Learning as Good as Face-to-Face Learning?
How Young Is Too Young for a cell phone?
Should Companies Collect Information About You?
Would You Trade Your Paper Books for Digital Versions?
Would You Want a Pair of Google’s Computer Glasses?
Do Violent Video Games Make People More Violent in Real Life?
What Was the Best Movies in the Past Year?
How Many Text Messages Are Too Many?
Is TV Stronger Than Ever, or Becoming Obsolete?
Does Reality TV Promote Dangerous Stereotypes?

Social Issues


Is the death penalty effective?
Is a lottery a good idea?
Do curfews keep teens out of trouble?
Should animals be used for research?
Should cigarette smoking be banned?
When Do Pranks Cross the Line to Become Bullying?
Do Child Stars Have It Rough?
Is It Ethical to Eat Meat?
Do People Need Art in their Lives?
Should the Government Limit the Size of Sugary Drinks?
Can Money Buy Happiness?
Does Buying and Accumulating More and More Stuff Make Someone Happier?
Are People Losing the Art of Listening?
Do People Complain Too Much?
Can Kindness Become Cool?
Which Is More Important: Talent or Hard Work?
How Important Is Keeping Your Cool?
When Should a Person Compromise?
Is Your Generation More Self-Centered Than Earlier Generations?
Have Curse Words Become So Common They Have Lost Their Shock Value?
How Important Is Keeping a Clean House?
When Is It O.K. to Replace Human Limbs With Technology?
Do You Think Life Exists — or Has Ever Existed — Somewhere Besides Earth?
Should Charities Focus More on America?
Should Men open doors to women?
Should Prisoners have the right to vote?
Is the first impression of a person always right?
Are conflicts necessary for healthy relationships?
Should the Private Lives of Famous People Be Off Limits?
Should Women Be Allowed to Fight on the Front Lines Alongside Men?
Should there be Equal Rights for Women and Men?
Are Women Better at Compromising and Collaborating?
Do Boys Have Less Intense Friendships Than Girls?
Should companies market to children?
Are actors and professional athletes paid too much?
Should all forms of government welfare be abolished?
Will Musical Training Make You More Successful?
Should music lyrics glorifying criminal lifestyles be censored?
Is censorship sometimes justified?
Do You Support or Oppose the Death Penalty?
When Should Juvenile Offenders Receive Life Sentences?
When Does a Person Become an Adult?
Is Modern Culture Ruining Childhood?
Are Adults Hurting Young Children by Pushing Them to Achieve?
How, and by Whom, Should Children Be Taught Appropriate Behavior?
What Can Older People Learn From Your Generation?
What Local Problems Should the government Try to Solve?
If You Were Governor of Your State, How Would You Spend a Budget Surplus?
Can Graffiti Ever Be Considered Art?
Why Aren’t There More Girls in Leadership Roles?
Do Rich People Get Off Easier When They Break the Law?
Should Rich People Have to Pay More Taxes?
Do Laws That Ban Offensive Words Make the World a Better Place?
Do Great Leaders Have to Be Outgoing?
Is Smoking Still a Problem Among Teenagers?
Are Antismoking Ads Effective?

Family


When should parents let teens make their own decisions?
Both parents should assume equal responsibility in raising a child.
Do Parents Have Different Hopes and Standards for Their Sons Than for Their Daughters?
Is Dating a Thing of the Past?
How Should Parents Handle a Bad Report Card?
Should Children Be Allowed to Wear Whatever They Want?
Do ‘Shame and Blame’ Work to Change Teenage Behavior?

Sports


Does participation in sports keep teens out of trouble?
Is competition good?
Should Home-Schoolers Be Allowed to Play Public School Sports?
Does participating in team sports helps to develop good character?
If Football Is So Dangerous to Players, Should We Be Watching It?
Should Parents Let Their Children Play Football?
Should College Football Players Get Paid?
Has Baseball Lost Its Cool?
Are Some Youth Sports Too Intense?
Is It Offensive for Sports Teams to Use Native American Names and Mascots?
Where Should Colleges and Sports Teams Draw the Line in Selling Naming Rights?
Should Colleges Fund Wellness Programs Instead of Sports?
Is Cheerleading a Sport?
Should There Be Stricter Rules About How Coaches Treat Their Players?
Should Athletes Who Dope Have to Forfeit Their Titles and Medals?
Should Sports Betting Be Legal Everywhere?
Do We Give Children Too Many Trophies?
Should college athletes be paid?