26 Jan 2017: Regional Final Debate Motions 2017

Regional Final debate motions and Topic Guides just published - get debating!

Topic Guides for the Debating Matters Competition 2016/17 Regional Finals are now available to view and download from the Debating Matters website.

The Debating Matters team have chosen eight contemporary political, scientific and cultural issues for students to debate in February, March and April. With debate motions on the whether social media sites should filter out fake news, if plain packaging on tobacco is a good idea, and whether we should be tougher on the sharing economy, to name just three, we’re hoping for a really great spring of hard fought debate and arguments. Just 12 schools can make it through to the National Final in the summer, and they’ll need to do justice to these debates to get there!

Access each of the 2016/17 Regional Final Topic Guides below:

Fake news: “Social media sites should filter out fake news stories”
Health monitoring: “The constant monitoring of our health does more harm than good”
Plain packaging: “Plain packaging for tobacco products is a good idea”
Political parties: “Political parties are bad for democracy”
Social egg freezing: “Social egg freezing empowers women”
The sharing economy: “There should be tougher regulation on the sharing economy”
Trigger warnings: “Trigger warnings stifle debate”
Water scarcity: “Solutions to water scarcity in the UK are technological, not environmental”


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