Here’s a list of popular arguments you may or may not have heard before. Don’t know your stance on these topics? Well, you’re here to find out. Check out Pt.1 of popular arguments for more arguments.
by Sindu Vipparthy
Is America’s current election process still valid?
Yeah! The electoral college is how we’ve been doing it for the past 2 centuries, therefore, we should keep doing it that way.
No! The popular vote is more fitting to the needs of the majority of the people. Why does it exist if it isn’t counted?
Both of them are outdated methods. We’d rather come up with a completely new way altogether.
Should men get paternity leave?
Yes. As a parent responsible for taking care of the child, it’s important that they get time to spend time with their family.
No. The women are the ones physically giving birth and that’s why they get maternity leave.
Yes, but the man would possibly get shorter leaves than the women.
Are we too dependent on computers?
Yes. It’s all we’re on 24/7 in the modern era. If all the computers would hypothetically be shut down, we’d be left vulnerable with barely any access to information.
No. Computers are a form of technology that mankind has created in the modern era. Technology in the past has always made humans’ lives more efficient, so it would mean the same for us now.
Technology is definitely beneficial, however, they’re known to have adverse health effects. It’d be good to stay off of it as much as possible. Also possibly store information in physical forms instead of just on the web.
Should smoking be banned?
Yes. It’s bad for the smoker’s health and the people around them.
No. It’s legal for adults and must be for a reason. It also provides temporary relief and is a way of coping.
No, but smoking should definitely be strongly discouraged.
Should the United States Supreme Court judges have shorter terms (instead of life-long terms)?
Yes. Everyone else who has government positions has terms. Besides, the ideals of some of the Supreme Court judges might be outdated if they serve life-long terms.
No. The Judicial Branch has been enforcing the country’s laws like this for centuries, so there’s no reason to change it now.
Sort of. We could hypothetically test the difference between the two different resolutions and see which one has a greater net benefit.
Should everyone be required to recycle?
Yes. Recycling is an important thing (that many people already take part in) that contributes to a more eco-friendly lifestyle. We could make a much greater positive impact if everyone recycled.
No. Recycling might be an extra hassle for certain people who might not have the right resources to be able to take part.
It wouldn’t be required but would be encouraged as much as possible. The government could also incentivize recycling to promote it even more.
Should schools be year-round?
Yes. That way, the student is engaged in their education throughout the entire year. Additionally, due to the extended period of time spent in school, students would have more breaks throughout the year.
No. Summer vacation is a time where students can relax and focus on themselves and their own interests.
Both resolutions should be tested. We would later see which one has the highest student satisfaction and net benefit to their educations.
Does homework provide benefits to students?
Yes. Homework is crucial for the revision of subject material taught in the class. It should be mandatory with no exceptions.
No. Homework cuts into time that students could use for themselves and their interests. Teachers sometimes don’t teach well, causing the student extra stress when they are required to do the homework.
Yes. There should be a maximum time limit to how much a student would need to spend on their assignments so they would still have time for themselves.
Should public prayer in schools be allowed?
Yes. It expresses the rights of the people who want to pray in school and express themselves through their religious practices.
No. It would be a hassle for students who aren’t religious to pray in school.
The students who would want to pray would be able to pray while the others would have the option to sit out. Both of these groups of people would be able to express their religious freedoms.