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The topics below are controversial issues often seen in the area of child development. They tend to be very complex topics with facts that lend themselves nicely to pro/con organization but also can be framed strategically to support a variety of different conclusions. The best way to settle on a topic is to browse newspaper or news site headlines and/or entries in reference sources about things that interest you and see where that leads you.
- Should vaccinations be mandatory?
- Should there be pets in the classroom?
- Should doctors and psychiatrists prescribe antipsychotic drugs to children?
- Should child services agents and the general public be held more accountable for instances of child abuse?
- Should parents and schools use corporal punishment to discipline children?
- Should Autism be diagnosed in children under the age of three?
- Should Congress expand the Federal Communications Commission's ability to regulate television violence?
- Should the U.S. government be involved in the fight against childhood obesity?
- Should children avoid caffeine?
- Should special needs students be educated alongside general education students?
- Should children eat genetically modified food?
- Should teachers be required to get a flu shot?
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