Topics

2022-2023

Topic 1: All students should be required to learn a musical instrument in school.


2021-2022

Topic 1: Should parents decide if teens get vaccinated?

Topic 2: Zoos do more good than harm.

Topic 3: Should the school day start later?

Topic 4: Outdoor dining sheds in NYC should stay.


2020-2021

  1. Should Instagram get rid of “likes?”
  2. Schools should be 100% remote during the pandemic.
  3. Cats are better pets than dogs.
  4. Are video games good for you?
  5. Should all snow days be remote learning days?
  6. Should we still have movie theaters?

2019-2020

  1. All students in middle and high school should be required to take a performing arts class.
  2. Election Day should be a national holiday.
  3. New York City should end 24-hour subway service.
  4. What should be done to save the US postal service?

2018-2019

  1. Public school students should be required to wear uniforms.
  2. All schools should have metal detectors.
  3. Washington D.C. should be a state.
  4. Puerto Rico should be a state.

2017-2018

  1. Professional league players should be required to stand for the national anthem.
  2. The U.S. is ready for driverless cars.
  3. Single use plastic should be banned.
  4. The Second Amendment should be repealed.

2016-2017

  1. Schools should not give homework.
  2. Social media websites should be allowed to publish fake news.
  3. The US should immediately stop construction on the Dakota Access Pipeline.
  4. Are sanctuary cities good for our country?

2015-2016

  1. All U.S. citizens (over the age of 18) should be required to vote.
  2. College athletes should be paid.
  3. Apple should be forced to unlock the iPhone for the FBI.
  4. The president of the United States should be elected by popular vote.

2014-2015

  1. There should be a ban on plastic bags in New York City.
  2. Police officers should be armed with a gun at all times while on duty.
  3. The U.S. should continue to use drones.
  4. Should private prisons be legal?

2013-2014

  1. All schools should have surveillance cameras.
  2. It is a good idea to raise the minimum wage.
  3. In the future, all currency should be virtual.
  4. There should be advertising on school buses.

2012-2013

  1. The president of the United States should be elected by popular vote.
  2. Violent video games cause behavior problems.
  3. Grocery stores should sell only locally grown food.
  4. Genetically modified foods cause more harm than good.

2011-2012

  1. Parents should be held legally responsible for their children’s actions.
  2. Should plastic bags be banned in New York City?
  3. Should the federal minimum wage be raised?
  4. The US should ban Hydraulic Fracking.

2010-2011

  1. Social networking websites cause more good than harm.
  2. States should be allowed to make their own immigration laws.
  3. Making money from Earth’s resources is more important than protecting the environment.
  4. Should the US constitution be amended to allow for a foreign-born president?

2009-2010

  1. Students should be allowed to use txt language in their schoolwork.
  2. The United States should discontinue its use of the penny.
  3. Should a year of National Service be required for all Americans?
  4. Teens who commit serious crimes should be tried as adults.

2008-2009

  1. Future presidents of the U.S. should be elected by popular vote.
  2. Spanish should be recognized as an official language in the U.S.
  3. Nationalizing the banks will help solve the financial crisis.

2007-2008

  1. Students should be promoted to the next grade even if they haven’t passed all of their requirements (social promotion).
  2. Countries that have access to clean water should be required to donate resources to countries in need.
  3. The new president of the United States should join the Kyoto protocol.

2006-2007

  1. Students should be allowed to bring cell phones to school.
  2. Should the U.S. withdraw its troops from Iraq?
  3. The United States should abolish the death penalty.

2005-2006

  1. There should be a ban on handguns in New York City.
  2. Illegal immigrants living in the United States should be granted legal status.