Argumentative Essay Topics
Education Issues

The following topics are suitable for argumentative essay assignments about education issues. Suggested thesis statements and a list of web links to pertinent information are provided for each topic. Topics on this page include:

Testing to Improve Educational Standards
School Choice - charter schools & vouchers

Intercollegiate Athletics and Ethics

Need more information? Try these links to education sites:

AskERIC
Cato Institute Education Studies
Center for Education Reform

No Child Left Behind
ACORN
US Department of Education
National Assessment of Educational Progress
National Center for Educational Statistics
Education: Public Agenda Online
Program on Educational Policy and Governance
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation
GCC library  (click on Articles & Databases to search the electronic databases)
Useful Web Sites and Search Engines


Testing to Improve Educational Achievement

Thesis Statements:

  • To strengthen educational standards and improve academic achievement,  high school students should be required to pass a standardized test to receive a high school diploma.
  • Requiring students to pass a standardized test to receive a high school diploma will not improve the educational standards or academic achievement in our schools.

Some of the issues in this argument:
What are standards and how should they be applied?
How do standardized tests effect curriculum?
Do standardized tests discriminate against some groups of students?  How?
What is assessment and what forms of assessment are valuable?

Sources of Information:

Intercollegiate Athletics and Ethics

Thesis Statements:

  • Intercollegiate athletics is an excellent public relations and fund raising arm for colleges, while providing education and training to future professional athletes.
  • Intercollegiate athletics corrupt their educational institutions by creating a double standard and devaluing scholarship in favor of athletic competition.

Some of the issues in this argument:
What do colleges owe the student athlete?
Would financial compensation compromise academic and institutional integrity? 
Should colleges be training grounds for athletic careers?
Should colleges lower the admission standards for athletes?
Is the huge amount of money spent by colleges on athletic programs justified?
How do winning teams benefit the university or college?  the athlete?

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