Originally Posted by katmann
What about poverty or hunger?
As an English professor, I do not allow these two issues (along with war, abortion, racism, and such things) because no one is going to disagree that poverty is wrong or bad, same with hunger, so that means that the topic is not argumentative in and of itself. If you are interested in a facet of any of these issues, then you could go into questioning how/whether a certain approach towards them is agreed and disagreed upon.
Still, I discourage these topics because they're rarely very interesting to read and you want, if nothing else in the whole wide world, for your instructor to actually be interested in reading your paper. Put's 'em in a good mood, which is always beneficially to your "bottom line" i.e. grade. I encourage my students to look in their local newspapers for issues that actually matter, to them. It makes the research part so much more interesting, and, I think, profitable for the student because they're required to use more investigatory skills than just google. kwim?
Some of my favorite topics of late have been:
What responsibility to it's neighborhood does XYZ company have in terms of environmental impact?
Should teachers in XYZ school system be allowed to create their own curriculum, or does the need for consistency trump creativity?
What does No Child Left Behind actually look like in our school system, and should it be continued or not?
Gentrification of XYZ neighborhood has benefited and cost the residents, who's rights/wishes/needs trump the others?
Stuff like that . . . . . HTH