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.
Many statues in public places are of people whose actions and words we now find unacceptable. Should we take them down?
The government wants to stop anyone born after 2009 buying tobacco. Is this a good idea?
Many museums are full of objects taken from other countries. Should they be returned?
What is tax? What is it for? How much should we pay?
Why the government can't do whatever it wants.
Is positive discrimination on the grounds of race fair? Is it effective?
Which is a better way of dealing with climate change: making people do the right thing, or encouraging them to do the right thing?
When there's a problem, should we fix society, or fix ourselves?
Should we treat everyone the same? Or should we take into account the circumstances of individuals and groups?
How can a story about farmers and cows help us to think about climate change?
Should parents be able to buy their children advantages by sending them to a private school?
Should the law be changed to allow people to be helped to die?
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