Debaters are thinking people. They think about the world. They think hard. Then they debate. But only after they've thought a lot. Here are some ways of thinking about common debating topics.

Should we take down statues of racists?

Should we take down statues of racists?

Many statues in public places are of people whose actions and words we now find unacceptable. Should we take them down?

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Should smoking be banned?

Should smoking be banned?

The government wants to stop anyone born after 2009 buying tobacco. Is this a good idea?

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Should the Elgin Marbles be returned to Greece?

Should the Elgin Marbles be returned to Greece?

Many museums are full of objects taken from other countries. Should they be returned?

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Tax

Tax

What is tax? What is it for? How much should we pay?

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The rule of law

The rule of law

Why the government can't do whatever it wants.

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Are quotas the best way to combat racism?

Are quotas the best way to combat racism?

Is positive discrimination on the grounds of race fair? Is it effective?

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Combating climate change: rules or markets?

Combating climate change: rules or markets?

Which is a better way of dealing with climate change: making people do the right thing, or encouraging them to do the right thing?

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Individual or society?

Individual or society?

When there's a problem, should we fix society, or fix ourselves?

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Equality or equity?

Equality or equity?

Should we treat everyone the same? Or should we take into account the circumstances of individuals and groups?

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The story of the five farmers

The story of the five farmers

How can a story about farmers and cows help us to think about climate change?

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Is private education fair?

Is private education fair?

Should parents be able to buy their children advantages by sending them to a private school?

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Assisted Dying

Assisted Dying

Should the law be changed to allow people to be helped to die?

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