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Controversial essay topic?
« on: May 03, 2014, 11:18:13 pm »
In my English class we're about to write a research/persuasive essay on a controversial topic. There are only two requirements, other than length.

1. You must present both sides of the argument
2. You need credible sources for both sides of the argument

I was wondering if you guys had any ideas for a topic? I want to do something that's not horribly obvious, such as gay marriage or abortion.

So far I have two ideas.
1. Is college even necessary?
2. Should we continue to search for malaysia airlines flight 370?

If any of you have any ideas, throw them at me! :lol-fox:
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Re: Controversial essay topic?
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2014, 11:36:16 pm »
Both sides of the Ukraine crisis? You could have arguments for both side and it's topical now. Just depends if others in your class choose it.

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Re: Controversial essay topic?
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2014, 12:28:57 am »
The whole sophomore class at my school (including myself) is required to test and write an essay on the topic of eugenics (more specifically designer babies) as practice for the common core tests we have to take next year. It's a good topic because there's quite a bit of evidence for both sides and it's probably a bit more obscure than most (but just as important), so you might want to consider it.

This is going to be a big issue in the next few decades.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugenics

If you decide to write on this topic and have a bit of time left, I would highly suggest watching the movie Gattaca
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Re: Controversial essay topic?
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2014, 12:52:27 am »
^ honestly i know this is straight  forward but .. gun control... i had the same paper and this worked perfectly it got me an A too :p

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Re: Controversial essay topic?
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2014, 02:18:50 am »
Veganism and the Meat and Dairy Industry.

Seriously, there's a lot you could write up on that.
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Re: Controversial essay topic?
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2014, 01:48:55 pm »
How much privacy are we entitled to have on the internet? (I'm thinking of complete surveillance like they have in 1984 VS no surveillance at all)

Thats the only topic i can think of right now that is any good...
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Re: Controversial essay topic?
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2014, 05:13:14 pm »
I kind of like the Malaysia airlines thing but I feel like there isn't enough information to even write about for that.

Why not just gun laws? The second amendment. There's so much you can write on that. So many legal cases too.

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Re: Controversial essay topic?
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2014, 06:50:50 pm »
Veganism and the Meat and Dairy Industry.

Seriously, there's a lot you could write up on that.

Seconding this, especially if you bring up the environmental and human's rights issue behind industrial livestock production. (I can help if need be!)

Human Euthanasia for psychological suffering, or just for reasons unrelated to terminal illness, is one I've been wanting to see people write on. Make sure to touch on people like Nathan Verhelst.
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Re: Controversial essay topic?
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2014, 08:20:06 pm »
SATs........ lol.

But, I would offer the food system. I'm learning about it at my job (it's our job to spread the word about it), local vs. non-local food sources. Look up the tomato pickers in Immokalee. It's really bad.
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Re: Controversial essay topic?
« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2014, 09:16:59 pm »
I had to write a 2,000 word essay on a controversial topic and do basically the same thing, so I feel you. :P

I wrote mine on whether or not products made by sweatshops and slave labour should be boycotted, so there's a potential topic haha!

If you want something super easy to write on, go with the legalization of marijuana. There's a ton of resources for both sides!

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Re: Controversial essay topic?
« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2014, 09:19:25 pm »
Aw man, I wrote one of these recently

Mine was on the whole assisted suicide ordeal and whether terminal patients should have the choice to end their lives
It got an A, ahah
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Re: Controversial essay topic?
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2014, 10:51:14 pm »
Perhaps on whether the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings were necessary, if you want to go more political.
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Re: Controversial essay topic?
« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2014, 06:12:52 pm »
You could write this essay on abortion, perhaps?

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Re: Controversial essay topic?
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2014, 06:30:33 pm »
I was wondering if you guys had any ideas for a topic? I want to do something that's not horribly obvious, such as gay marriage or abortion
he said he didn't want something that obvious.
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Re: Controversial essay topic?
« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2014, 09:14:28 pm »
Is a universal government plausible? Do video games effect the player's personality? Do teens spend too much time on the internet? Does the rate of dropouts reflect our countries dedication to education? Here are some I've written on.
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Re: Controversial essay topic?
« Reply #15 on: May 27, 2014, 08:58:20 pm »
Is abortion murder? Like a hundred thousand easy references and arguments. Pick a philosopher, and go. Then quote some bible as a source of moral guidance, in widespread and mainstream use, quote some scholars on the subject, of which there is no shortage. Bam. Controversial, easily accessed from both sides. Easy peasy.
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Re: Controversial essay topic?
« Reply #16 on: May 27, 2014, 09:05:05 pm »
Wow, I completely forgot I made this topic xD
Great ideas everyone! :lol-fox:

I went with arguing against going to college. It was very interesting research, and I feel like I put my paper together nicely. Turned it in yesterday, and I'm waiting on a grade.
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