Popular topics discussed by debate teams include education, treatment of animals, entertainment, legal matters and technology. Other controversial topics that debate teams use include abortion, immigration, drugs and wars.
One popular debate topic is whether single-sex schools contribute to children's education. Similarly, debate teams might discuss whether homework contributes to the education of children. Another debate topic commonly used is whether animal testing should be permitted. For an entertainment-focused debate, teams can address whether reality television does more harm or good to its participants. Participants in debates regarding legal issues often face the question of whether the death penalty should be banned.