I don't think that facebook is a particularly controversial topic. You could find a controversial topic centered around facebook. One such topic might be cyber-bullying. What should happen to cyber-bullies? What should their punishment be? Another controversial topic that was recently in the news deals with facebook and employment. Some employers are asking for an applicants username and password for their facebook account. These employers wish to see the personal profile and hidden information on a person's facebook page before they are hired. Some employers require employees to friend human resources personel so their page can be monitored. Other companies require employees to sign a legal agreement that they will not post disparaging comments on social media. Some companies have even fired employees for comments posted on facebook. Where is the line between an employers right to investigate employees and an employees right to privacy? The other controversial topic I can think of involving facebook deals with teachers on facebook. Should teachers and students be facebook friends? What are the consequences of this type of behavior? Should teachers be able to vent about students are problems at school on facebook? Some teachers have been fired for disparaging comments. Remember to pick just one topic for your presentation. You will want a narrow topic that allows you to be specific and explore both sides of the controversy.
One topic that has probably always been controversial despite the fact that it rarely came up in HS discussion is the idea of how to raise/discipline children (spanking vs. time-out; strict parents vs. chill parents; strict mom vs. strict dad; the line on priveleges like dating, curfew, cell phones, computer, etc). As a parent, of course I'm in the middle of the "to spank or not to spank" discussion frequently, but of course there is so much more to parenting than that. Now, I think it would be interesting to hear a high school student's take on it. Obviously, most would draw from personal experience ofhow they were/are raised. Anyway, it might be neat to explore the differences in your peer's opinions about how they plan to raise their own kids and why.
I'm not sure that Facebook is a particularly controversial topic, other than the extraordinary amount of time that some people--students and adults--spend on the site. You might do some research on Facebook and come up with some ideas, however, possibly concerning the website's privacy issues and info sharing.
Here are a few topical ideas:
- What is the role of beauty in art? Does art need to be beautiful? Why or why not?
- Hydrio-fracture Natural Gas Extraction: Safe or not?
- Nuclear Power: Can we trust companies to follow safety measures?
- Eminent Domain: Should the govenment have the right to claim private property?
Following the lines of the previous poster, you could talk about whether English should be our official language (and in light of recent comments about Puerto Rico's primary language, you would have plenty to talk about).
A couple of other options are whether we should favor nuclear energy or not or whether creationism should be taught in public schools.
US immigration policy is always a controversial topic, and would lend itself to Powerpoint with images of fences, surreptitious border crossings and the like, as well as statistics. Again, it is difficult to know what you're looking for, but I have always found this to be a controversial topic when I broach it in class.
There are so many controversial issues. You should pick one that interests you. It could be something like gay marriage or abortion. If you want to not quite be that controversial, it could be whether we need to raise taxes to lower the federal deficit. If you want to do something connected to education, do one on how teachers should be evaluated. If you tell us what your own personal interests are we might be able to help more.
Thank you so much everybody, really helpful. But do you think that I could link the power piont to a broacher, poster or something like that?? Or should would that be too much?
Thank you very much! Those are really good ideas.
....but would you say that something like facebook would be a controversial topic??