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101 Persuasive Essay Topics
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Whether you are a student in need of a persuasive essay topic, or a teacher looking to assign a persuasive essay, this list of 101 persuasive essay topics is a great resource.  I taxed my brain to create this huge list of persuasive essay topics relevant to today’s society, but I believe it was worth the effort.  Additionally, any of these topics could be applied to a persuasive speech project as well. I appreciate any and all comments or feedback.


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  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 the elderly receive free bus rides?
  5. Should state colleges be free to attend?
  6. Should all American citizens have to complete a year of community service?
  7. Should students be required to take Spanish classes?
  8. Should marijuana be legal for medicinal purposes?
  9. Should the voting age be lowered to thirteen?
  10. Should the driving age be raised to twenty-one?
  11. Should students be paid for having good grades?
  12. Should illegal immigrants be allowed to get drivers licenses?
  13. Should not wearing a seat-belt be illegal?
  14. Should student’s textbooks be replaced by notebook computers?
  15. Should students have to pass a basic skills test to graduate high school?
  16. Should schools raise money by selling candy and sugary soft drinks to students?
  17. Should schools serve french-fries and fried potato products to students at lunch?
  18. Should students’ grades in gym affect their grade point averages?
  19. Should girls be allowed to play on boys sports teams?
  20. Should teens be able to buy violent video games?
  21. Should boys and girls be in separate classes?
  22. Should teenage girls be allowed to get birth control without the permission of their parents?
  23. Should our country have a universal health care program?
  24. Should immigration laws be reformed?
  25. Should the federal government recognize civil unions?
  26. Should people who download music and movies illegally be punished?
  27. Should school athletes have to be on the honor roll to play in games?
  28. Should music with curse words be allowed at school dances?
  29. Should public schools begin the day with a silent prayer time?
  30. Should students be able to listen to MP3 players on headphones during study hall?
  31. Should schools offer fast food options like McDonald’s or Taco Bell?
  32. Should smoking be allowed at parks and other outdoor public venues?
  33. Should cities offer free public Wi-Fi?
  34. Should the government place a tax on junk food and fatty snacks?
  35. Should the 2nd amendment give citizens the right to own assault weaponry?
  36. Should people traveling in airplanes have to undergo intensive security screenings?
  37. Should restaurants be allowed to sell genetically modified chickens under the name “chicken”?
  38. Should teachers have to pass a basic skills test every ten years to renew their certification?
  39. Should people be allowed to keep exotic animals like chimpanzees or tigers?
  40. Should people be allowed to keep pit-bull dogs?
  41. Should the city offer a bike sharing program?
  42. Should there be an ordinance citing people who fail to recycle $50?
  43. Should there be an ordinance citing people who play music too loudly $50?
  44. Should prostitution be legalized and regulated by the government?
  45. Should celebrities who break the law face stricter penalties?
  46. Should the government increase spending on the space program?
  47. Should larger passengers have to pay for two plane or movie theater tickets?
  48. Should children have to use booster seats in cars?
  49. Should people have to get a license to become parents?
  50. Should there be tougher federal restrictions for content on the internet?
  51. Should people be allowed to curse on daytime television?
  52. Should owners be legally accountable for clearing snow from sidewalks on their property?
  53. Should sexual education be taught in public schools?
  54. Should students be able to get free condoms at school?
  55. Should students who commit cyber-bullying be suspended from school?
  56. Should corporations be allowed to advertise in schools?
  57. Should students be allowed to eat during class?
  58. Should more be done to protect and preserve endangered animals?
  59. Is it appropriate for students and teachers to be friends on Facebook?
  60. Should students have open campus lunch periods?
  61. Should abortions be legal?
  62. Should abortions be legal in cases of rape and incest?
  63. Should the death penalty be used to punish violent criminals?
  64. Should students learn about world religions in public schools?
  65. Should schools start later in the morning?
  66. Should the USA end overseas military operations?
  67. Should politicians be allowed to accept campaign contributions from corporate lobbyists?
  68. Should people with terminal illnesses have the right to doctor assisted suicides?
  69. Should Puerto Rico become a state?
  70. Should stem cell researchers be able to use stem cells from aborted babies to cure diseases?
  71. Should school athletes have to take drug tests?
  72. Should professional athletes have to take drug tests?
  73. Should America convert to the metric system?
  74. Should high school students have to complete community service hours to graduate?
  75. Should teens over 13 years be allowed into R rated movies?
  76. Should state tests be given in other languages for ESL students?
  77. Should scientists be allowed to test products intended for human use on animals?
  78. Should unhealthy fast food products be sold with a warning label?
  79. Should there be a tariff or tax on products manufactured outside of the country?
  80. Should students or teachers receive money for scoring well on standardized tests?
  81. Should everyone under the age of 17 have a 9:00 PM curfew?
  82. Should schools with low scores on standardized tests be closed?
  83. Should minors be allowed to drink alcoholic beverages in their homes with their parents’ consent?
  84. Should students be allowed to drop out before they turn 18 years old?
  85. Should alcohol manufacturers be allowed to advertise on television?
  86. Should students as young as fourteen be allowed to hold jobs?
  87. Should American families have a two child max rule to limit population growth?
  88. Should children younger than thirteen be allowed to watch MTV or music videos?
  89. Should people who are caught driving drunk lose their licenses for a year?
  90. Should students who fail their classes be retained and have to repeat the grade?
  91. Should large businesses and corporations be required to employ a number of minorities proportionate to the population?
  92. Should female construction workers earn the same wages as males?
  93. Should children in temporary living situations with a 3.0 GPA earn free college tuition?
  94. Should gambling and sports betting be illegal or should the government regulate it?
  95. Should children who commit violent crimes be tried as adults?
  96. Should the government be allowed to detain suspected terrorists without trial?
  97. Should the government censor internet content deemed inappropriate?
  98. Should teachers have to wear uniforms or have a dress code?
  99. Should teachers be allowed to have cell phones in the classroom?
  100. Should the state execute dogs that have bitten someone?
  101. Should talking on a cell phone without a hands-free device while driving be illegal?

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670 Comments

  1. Jaya

     /  June 30, 2015

    I am doing a persuasive speech on ‘are zoos a force of good or a pain cruel’ so I am against the zoos . can you help me start the introduction . Thanks

    Reply
  2. Gary Roberts

     /  June 7, 2015

    Do aliens really exist?????!?

    Reply
  3. Gary Roberts

     /  June 7, 2015

    Sorry I meant they disimproved my results. My apologies Mr. jk! :)
    You sir are a genius!!!

    Reply
  4. Dude

     /  June 4, 2015

    This was really awesome,, thanks so much because of this I got the highest grade, Excellence. Many grateful thanks:)

    Reply
  5. Mr.jk

     /  May 31, 2015

    about eat during classes//shouldn’t students be allowed to eat during classes for many reasons firstly,if all students eat the smells of food mixed and make bad smell. If students eat no body can understand the lesson because they are eating. If students have a quiz they will say we don’t know this point and this lesson and they will get bad mark in the quite so I advise students don’t eat during classes

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    • Gary Roberts

       /  June 7, 2015

      I very strongly agree with you. I remember in my days when we could eat in class and it greatly improved my results. I told my grandson to do this topic based on your argument.

      Reply
  6. Kahitu Monicah K

     /  May 20, 2015

    Thanks very much for these topics. You made my day as an examiner

    Reply
  7. Mr.truman

     /  May 13, 2015

    the school should start at 11:00

    Reply
  8. Ousna

     /  April 27, 2015

    The “Should female construction workers earn the same wages as males?” debate is absolutely sexist and there should be no debate about that sort of thing. Women should be treated the same way as men. They aren’t useless objects. In fact, if all men killed every woman alive the humans would be extinct unless men could somehow clone people.

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    • Tyler

       /  May 13, 2015

      Also if every man would be extinct there would be no woman either unless they can clone themselves.

      Reply
    • Random

       /  June 30, 2015

      Even if men were somehow able to clone people they would have to start with a baby, which would have to be born from a woman. (Unless men were aw to have children which they aren’t) this is because they would have to clone their DNA they can’t cline the perosn themselves. Let’s say they wanted to clone a 40 year old. The clone wouldn’t automatically come out 40 it would have to steer in the womb.

      Reply
  9. bill

     /  April 21, 2015

    what is a persuasive essay

    Reply
  10. Autumn

     /  April 20, 2015

    thanks for the ideas

    Reply
  11. layne

     /  April 14, 2015

    dogs should not be executed for bitting people

    Reply
  12. char

     /  March 23, 2015

    I am doing should a parent be a childs best friend will this offend people?

    Reply
    • Maybe: it depends on your position. But, I find that the best persuasive topics are controversial, so don’t be afraid to ruffle a few feathers.

      Reply
  13. Maria

     /  March 12, 2015

    Thank you for a very helpful list of daily topics!!!!

    Reply
  14. CLEnfinger

     /  February 27, 2015

    Thanks for the list; recently re-entered the classroom and didn’t have a lot of my former “lists” and resources. Very helpful!

    Reply
  15. Partik

     /  February 25, 2015

    I am doing a persuasive speech on “Should Public schools teach world religions?”.

    -Should I support it or go against?
    -Should I talk about importance of teaching it only or should I talk both about importance and unimportance.
    – How would I persuade my audience?

    Any help would be highly appreciated.

    Reply
    • It doesn’t matter to me which side you choose.
      Either is defendable, though I think arguing for it would make for an easier case.

      Whichever side you choose, focus only on your side of the argument. Do not waiver in your case.

      You persuade your audience with logical or emotional arguments.

      Reply
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