Debating is one of the best ways for children to learn about the world and to learn how to express themselves. When choosing topics for children to debate, choose meaty issues that are relevant in society today. The best debate topics are simple to understand but also deal with weighty, meaningful issues that reach the core one's beliefs. This way when children feel strongly about an issue, they will be able to express themselves.
Is television a bad influence on society?
The debate about television has been going on since its invention. A portal to different worlds and ideas, the TV offers its viewers both pros and cons. For children growing up in the 21st century, televisions are standard household items. Debate whether televisions are beneficial or not inspires children to consider the idea of the absence of the television. This question is a way into deeper discussions about technology and its effect on individuals and society as a whole.
Does a society have the right to put someone to death?
The issue of capital punishment is weighty but it is not hard to understand. Late primary and early secondary school children are capable of forming strong opinions and expressing themselves about the idea of sentencing someone to death for a crime. This topic is the doorway into real discussion about human rights, compassion, forgiveness and the value of life.
Are we doing enough to save the environment?
The environment is a hot topic in the 21st century and probably the most important subject that children should be studying. What children learn and understand about the environment when they are in school will affect the way they treat the environment as adults. Debating whether society is currently doing enough to help assuage the environmental crisis opens the discussion up to many different pathways and ideas. Children can discuss alternative sources of energy, recycling, fossil fuel, the oil industry and the future.
Is privacy a right?
The issue of privacy is especially relevant now that the Internet has become a such prominent presence in our lives. We exchange pictures, videos, correspondence and even sensitive medical and financial information online. Some of these sources are recorded and monitored. As we evolve technologically the Internet is likely to become a more intimate part of our lives. Should we allow it to record and monitor our behaviour in order to keep us safe? Or is a breach of our privacy a breach of our safety in itself?