Mothers should stay at home and look after children

Women are being bombarded with messages that they can ‘have it all’, marriage, children and develop a career just so they can be seen as a successful woman. There are consequences to pursuing these lifestyle choices. Children are often looked after by a nanny, mothers are working over-time at work, and family life is neglected. … Read more

Teachers should be allowed to teach creationism in schools

In 2012 a US state passed a law which protects teachers who choose to teach creationism. This is a theory that the Earth and the universe was created by God, and that there is scientific information to justify this concept. This means it will be taught alongside evolutionary theory during science classes. Many believe this … Read more

Wildlife trafficking should be banned

At the core of the illegal wildlife trafficking is a strong and rapidly expanding demand for a variety of products from around the world, such as bush meat, ingredients for traditional Chinese medicine, exotic pets, jewellery, trinkets, and accessories such as chess sets, furs for uses ranging from coats to traditional costumes and trophies. Wildlife … Read more

University education should be free

Many countries provide free education to children under 16, which is generally accepted. When it comes to university education there is a great variation as some countries like the UAE and Germany offers this for free and very cheaply, respectively. Others however, like the US and Hong Kong, the cost is soaring and can cost … Read more

Reality television does more harm than good

Reality shows are incredibly popular. With blockbusting shows like Survivor, Big Brother, The Apprentice, and American Idol all attracting massive audiences each week. Documentaries trying to explore social situations don’t have such an appeal because they don’t feel real enough. Reality is often criticised as it doesn’t show a true representation of life, but an … Read more

Pets should be allowed in nursing homes

Many assisted living facilities and nursing homes are allowing residents to bring their pets to live in their housing communities. Nursing homes are starting to bring in therapy dogs from outside their community to visit with residents suffering from Alzheimer’s, Dementia and those in Hospice. Pets bring comfort and joy to residents and bring comfort … Read more

Net neutrality – All internet traffic should be treated equally

The internet is a large network of computers working together to bring data to its users. This network functions efficiently because each member – or node – is helping to deliver other people’s data. By doing so it mean that every other node is able to have their data delivered as quickly as possible. This … Read more

Cosmetic surgery should be banned

Cosmetic surgery is different from critical or reconstructive surgery because it is used to ‘enhance’ or ‘make different’ someone’s physical appearance. In this way, it is not essential to life or health. In 2006 more than 11 million procedures were carried out in the United States and is already a multi-billion dollar business. In other … Read more

Single-sex schools are good for education

Single-sex schools are schools that only admit those of one specific gender, believing that the educational environment created by a single gender is more helpful to learning. Studies conducted have shown that boys gain more academically from studying in co-education schools, but that girls find segregated schools more productive for achievement. Level: Intermediate: B1/B2 Running … Read more

How to use Free Debate Lesson Plans from ESLDebates

This plan is for Free Debate Lesson Plans which can be found here. The ESLDebates team we would like to thank you for downloading our free lesson plans and using them in your classroom. It is our mission to make lessons more informed, questioning, and intellectually gripping. The key to a good and prosperous life … Read more