Co-curriculum activities

Debates are a great way for students to get involved in class. Students have to research topics, prepare for the debate with their team, and think on their feet as they practice public speaking. Learning how to debate does more than improve speaking skills; it also makes for better listeners. As a result, students are better prepared for college and the diverse career world beyond.

The following list of 50 debate topics is for use in high school classrooms.

While some of these are specifically written for a particular part of the curriculum, others can be modified or used in a number of different classes. Each item is listed as a proposition that one side (student or team) argues to defend while the other side (student or team) argues to oppose.

  • Education
  • Social Issues
  • Politics and Government
  • Science and Technology