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List of Persuasive Topics

86 Possible Persuasive Essay Topics 1. Should students be allowed to have cell phones in elementary and high schools? 2. Should students have to wear uniforms? 3. Should college athletes be paid for playing? 4. Should state colleges be free to attend for in-state residents? 5. Should all American citizens have to complete a year of community service? 6. Should students be required to take a foreign language course? 7. Should marijuana be legal for medicinal purposes? 8. Should the voting age be lowered to thirteen? 9. Should the driving age be raised to twenty-one? 10. Should students be paid for having good grades? 11. Should illegal immigrants be allowed to get drivers licenses? 12. Should students textbooks be replaced by notebook computers? 13. Should students have to pass a basic skills test to graduate high school? 14. Should schools raise money by selling candy and sugary soft drinks to students? 15. Should schools serve french-fries and fried potato products to students at lunch? 16. Should students grades in gym affect their grade point averages? 17. Should girls be allowed to play on boys sports teams? 18. Should teens be able to buy violent video games? 19. Should boys and girls be in separate classes? 20. Should teenage girls be allowed to get birth control without the permission of their parents? 21. Should our country have a universal health care program?

22. Should immigration laws be reformed? 23. Should the federal government recognize civil unions (i.e. gay marriages)? 24. Should people who download music and movies illegally be punished? 25. Should school athletes have to be on the honor roll to play in games? 26. Should music with curse words be allowed at school dances? 27. Should go-go bands be allowed to play at PG County school dances? 28. Should students be able to listen to MP3 players on headphones during class? 29. Should schools offer fast food options like McDonalds or Taco Bell? 30. Should cities offer free public Wi-Fi? 31. Should the government place a tax on junk food and fatty snacks? 32. Should people travelling in airplanes have to undergo intensive security screenings? 33. Should teachers have to pass a basic skills test every ten years to renew their certification? 34. Should people be allowed to keep exotic animals like chimpanzees or tigers? 35. Should people be allowed to keep pit-bull dogs? 36. Should the city offer a bike-sharing program? 37. Should there be an ordinance citing people who fail to recycle $50? 38. Should there be an ordinance citing people who play music too loudly $50? 39. Should celebrities who break the law face stricter penalties? 40. Should larger passengers have to pay for two plane or movie theater tickets? 41. Should people have to get a license to become parents? 42. Should there be tougher federal restrictions for content on the Internet? 43. Should people be allowed to curse on daytime television? 44. Should sexual education be taught in public schools?

45. Should students be able to get free condoms at school? 46. Should students who commit cyberbullying be suspended from school? 47. Should corporations be allowed to advertise in schools? 48. Should students be allowed to eat during class? 49. Should more be done to protect and preserve endangered animals? 50. Is it appropriate for students and teachers to be friends on Facebook? 51. Should students have open campus lunch periods? 52. Should abortions be legal? 53. Should abortions be legal in cases of rape and incest? 54. Should the death penalty be used to punish violent criminals? 55. Should students learn about world religions in public schools? 56. Should schools start later in the morning? 57. Should the USA end overseas military operations? 58. Should politicians be allowed to accept campaign contributions from corporate lobbyists? 59. Should people with terminal illnesses have the right to doctor assisted suicides? 60. Should stem cell researchers be able to use the stem cells from aborted babies to cure diseases? 61. Should school athletes have to take drug tests? 62. Should professional athletes have to take drug tests? 63. Should high school students have to complete community service hours to graduate? 64. Should teens over 13 years be allowed into R rated movies? 65. Should state tests be given in other languages for ESL students? 66. Should scientists be allowed to test products intended for human use on animals?

67. Should unhealthy fast food products be sold with a warning label? 68. Should there be a tariff or tax on products manufactured outside of the country? 69. Should students or teachers receive money for scoring well on standardized tests? 70. Should everyone under the age of 17 have a 9:00 PM curfew? 71. Should schools with low scores on standardized tests be closed? 72. Should minors be allowed to drink alcoholic beverages in their homes with their parents consent? 73. Should students be allowed to drop out before they turn 18 years old? 74. Should alcohol manufacturers be allowed to advertise on television? 75. Should students as young as fourteen be allowed to hold jobs? 76. Should people who are caught driving drunk lose their licenses for a year? 77. Should students who fail their classes be retained and have to repeat the grade? 78. Should large businesses and corporations be required to employee a number of minorities proportionate to the population? 79. Should children in temporary living situations with 3.0 GPAs earn free college tuition? 80. Should gambling and sports betting be illegal or should the government regulate it? 81. Should children who commit violent crimes be tried as adults? 82. Should the government be allowed to detain suspected terrorists without trial? 83. Should the government censor internet content deemed inappropriate? 84. Should teachers have to wear uniforms or have a dress code? 85. Should teachers be allowed to have cell phones in the classroom? 86. Should the state execute dogs that have bitten someone?

Persuasive and Controversial Speech Ideas


Do magazines marketed for teenagers send the wrong message? Using at least
three specific magazines for support, argue for or against the moral and ethical messages that dominate magazines directed for the teen demographic. Is it freedom of the press or harassment? Argue whether the paparazzi helps or hinders the purpose of the free press. Are grades important? Discuss whether grades are necessary in order to keep students on track with learning. Is homework necessary? Hazing is a problem on university campuses America could start using year round school People should have green burial Non-essential plastic surgery should be illegal for children under 18 Parents should be informed if their child is given birth control It has been said that America's biggest export is pop culture. Is Hollywood a good ambassador for America? Should public schools provide more classes and internship programs for students who choose not to go to college? Are college entrance exams like the SAT or ACT good indicators of university success? Would a voucher system that allowed for more school choice be a positive change for the American education system? Should parents be allowed to sumbit their teens to drug testing? Would single-sex public schools be more effective than co-ed? Doctor-assisted suicide should (or should not) be legal. Every automobile driver should (or should not) be allowed to send their junk mail. Every automobile driver should (or should not) be required to take a new drivers test every three years. Electroshock treatment is (or is not) a humane for of therapy. Every student should (or should not) be required to learn a foreign language. Solar power is (or is not) a viable alternate energy source. Drug addicts should (or should not) be put in hospitals for medical treatment instead of in prison for punishment. American workers should (or should not) be guaranteed a three-day weekend by law. All health professionals should (or should not) be tested annually for HIV infections and AIDS. Self-proclaimed "militia" should (or should not) be closely monitored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assault weapons should (or should not) be out-lawed. All owners of firearms should (or should not) be required to register their weapons with the police. A two-week waiting period should (or should not) be required for anyone attempting to purchase a firearm.

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The death penalty for murderers should (or should not) be abolished. The death penalty should (or should not) be imposed on juveniles. Drug dealers convinced of distributing large quantities of drugs should (or should not receive the death penalty. The U.S. military should (or should not) be used to curb drug smuggling in the U.S. The U.S. should (or should not) cut off all foreign aid to dictatorships. Smoking should (or should not) be banned in public areas such as restaurants and airport terminals. State and local governments should (or should not) operate lotteries and gambling casinos. The U.S. should (or should not) remain in the United Nations. Immigrations into the U.S. should (or should not) be restricted. Churches should (or should not) be required to pay taxes. Federal funding for the arts should (or should not) be provided. The present-day tax system is (or is not) unfair to middle-class and lower-income Americans. College athletes should (or should not) be required to meet the academic requirements of their schools. Sex education should (or should not) be required course in all schools as early as sixth grade. Everyone should (or should not) be required to pass a competency exam before being allowed to graduate from high schools. Chronic mental patients should (or should not) be housed in "halfway houses" or residences in the community, rather than in remote mental hospitals. The President should (or should not) be limited to a single six-year term. Billboards should (or should not) be outlawed on interstate highways. Business should (or should not) be permitted to make unsolicited telephone calls to citizens. IQ tests are (or are not) valid measures of human intelligence. Psychologists and psychiatrists should (or should not) testify in court on behalf of the not-guilty-by-reason-of-insanity plea. Regardless of income, all Americans should (or should not) be guaranteed basic medical care under a national health insurance program. Heredity is (or is not) a more powerful influence on personality development than environment. ESP is (or is not) a demonstrable scientific fact. Scientific experimentation on animals should (or should not) be outlawed. Heroin should (or should not) be legal as a pain reliever for terminally ill patients. Acupuncture is (or is not a valid medical technique. Beauty pageants do (or do not) debase women. The minimum wage should (or should not) be waived for adolescent and young adult workers. Despite their legal tax deductions and loopholes, all millionaires should (or should not) be required to pay federal income tax. Police should (or should not) be allowed to set up roadblocks to isolate and arrest impaired drivers. Athletes should (or should not) be allowed to use steroids.

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Students need to be more vigilant and observant to avoid becoming victims of campus crime. Citizens should resist efforts being made to shut down zoos and aquariums. Steps must be taken to reduce contaminants in the nations water supplies. Children and teenagers need to be educated on the dangers of huffing (sniffing solvents and aerosols). Lawmakers need to pass tougher legislation to discourage the growing number of stalkers. Every person should stipulate that in the event of death, he or she is willing to donate organs. People of all races and ethnic groups should be aware that overexposure to the sun can cause skin cancer, regardless of a persons skin color. Dog and cat owners should have their pets spayed and neutered. Citizens with cellular phones can help thwart crimes and assist in the capture of criminals. People wanting cosmetic surgery should investigate the risks before submitting to surgery. Riders of bicycles and motorcycles should always wear helmets. Every person who dines at a restaurant need to know when and how much to tip. Hotels and motels should beef up security to counteract the rising number of crimes against guests. Taxpayers should subsidize therapy sessions for victims of violent crimes. Sellers of used automobiles should be required by law to tell prospective buyers if a car is a rebuilt vehicle that had been wrecked. Childcare authorities should carefully screen prospective foster parents to prevent child molesters from becoming foster parents. Everyone should take classes in CPR and first aid techniques. Consumers who routinely run up credit card bells that they cant pay should seek guidance from credit counselors. Good remedies for bad colds Doctor-assisted suicide should (or should not) be legal. Spammers-people who bombard Internet users with unsolicited emailshould (or should not)be allowed to send their junk mail Every automobile driver should (or should not) be required to take a new drivers test every three years Electroshock treatment is (or is not) a humane form of therapy Every student should (or should not) be required to learn a foreign language Solar power is (or is not) a viable alternate energy source Drug addicts should (or should not) be put in hospitals for medical treatment instead of in prisons for punishment American workers should (or should not) be guaranteed a three-day weekend by law All health professionals should (or should not) by tested annually for HIV infection and AIDS Self-proclaimed "militias" should (or should not) be closely monitored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Assault weapons should (or should not)be outlawed

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Popular Persuasive Speech Topics Here are some general topics for persuasive essays and speeches. Most of them are based on political or current issues that are sure to rouse interest in the audience. Ban beauty contests Capital punishment be abolished. Legalize gay marriages. There is no alternative to prison. College students should have curfews. Juvenile sentence is right. Reality shows are not real. Gambling should be regulated. Wear helmets to save your life. Health insurance: a must for all citizens. Ban hunting. Dangers of steroids Ban on fur clothing is right. Legalize prostitution Euthanasia is unethical. Bilingual education is a must. Finance education is important in today's world. Abstract and Interesting Topics The following are some interesting questions based on topics that do not have any particular answer or factual information. The efficiency of the speaker lies on the fact, as to how well can he persuade his audience to have a particular approach or point of view. Wonders of nature prove God exists. Vampires are fictional. Aliens exist. Ghosts are for real. There is life after death. Angels are myths. Reincarnation is a fact. Beauty is skin deep. Persuasive Speech Topics For Students Teachers often encourage students to speak on different topics in class in order to involve them in class activities, debates and inculcate in them the art of public speaking. Here are some topics that will help you prepare an impressive persuasive speech or essay. School uniforms should be compulsory. Television: a bane for students. Sex education should be given in school. Exams should not be mandatory. Internet dating is harmful. No cell phones in school. Minimum wage for teenagers should be changed. Regular performance check for teachers should be mandatory. Underage body piercing should be banned. Downloading copyrighted music is immoral.

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Plastic surgery is a self-confidence booster. Dieting Dieting is harmful. Diet pills should be banned. Fireworks Fireworks harm the environment. Children should be discouraged from playing with fireworks. Global Warming Global warming: a global problem. Individual contribution will save the Earth. Human Cloning There are benefits of human cloning. Human cloning is immoral. Movies A good movie is the director's credit. Novels are better than their movie counterparts. Nuclear Weapons Possession of nuclear weapons should be banned. Nuclear weapons are a waste of money. Organ Transplants Organ donation after death should be encouraged. Organ donation wrong for religious reasons Paparazzi Freedom of press gone too far. Paparazzi need celebrities and vice versa. Privacy Rights Create a censor board for the Internet. Students' lockers should be checked. Recycling Recycling on a large scale is cost-efficient. Reducing waste production is better than recycling.

Space Program Space exploration benefits the world. Private space travel should not be encouraged. Tax Laws The present tax system is unfair. Paying taxes regularly has long-term benefits. Teen Pregnancy Teenage pregnancy affects the future of the mother and the child. Most teenagers lack proper sex education. War Terrorism can never be justified. Gun laws should be severed. Women's Rights Working women should be given special privileges. Women can never be truly free. Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/list-of-persuasive-speech-topics-forstudents.html

1st 11 Good Persuasive Speech Topics


global warming is real/not real single parent adoption (yes/no) human cloning (moral?) video games do/do not promote violence religion does/does not belong in public education gun companies should/should not be held responsible for gun crimes marijuana should/should not be legalized juveniles should/should not be tried as adults using cell phones while driving is dangerous adoptees should/should not have the right to know who their birth parents are luck is/is not a matter of chance

2nd 10 Good Persuasive Speech Topics

exams give no real indication of ability embryonic research (yes/no) the case for/against genetically modified food luck is/is not a matter of chance knowing your ancestry is/is not important volunteering (it's a win/win situation) zoos are/are not a good for the conservation of a species sweatshops (are we responsible for their creation?) ozone layer - we must take action love is more powerful than hate

3rd 10 Good Persuasive Speech Topics


homeschooling (the way to go for education) religion should/should not be in the schools couples should/should not be banned from adopting internationally gay couples should/should not have the same rights to adopt as heterosexual couples the assasination of a dictator can/cannot be justified parents should/should not be allowed to choose the gender of their children force should/should not be used to protect human rights marriage is/is not an outdated institution religious slaughter of animals should/should not be banned vaccinations should/should not be compulsory

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