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Controversial Statements

Here are some great controversial statements to get the conversation going. Use them in various ways. Give one or a few to students for pair/group discussion. Or casually toss one of these statements yourself into the conversation at an appropriate moment. Or organize a debate.

  • A woman's place is in the home.
  • Fare-dodging on a train or bus is ok if you can get away with it.
  • Boys and girls should not have equal education.
  • A foreign language cannot be taught. It must be learned.
  • A country gets the government it deserves.
  • A man should have a wife for the family and a mistress for pleasure.
  • All property should be owned by the state.
  • Murderers should be executed.
  • Soft drugs like marijuana should be legalized.
  • Beauty is only a matter of taste.
  • Riches are for spending.
  • We are all basically selfish.
  • Punishment never has any good effect.
  • Those who can do, those who can't teach.
  • You will be happier if you stay unmarried.
  • People work better if they are paid more.
  • Committing suicide should be made legal.
  • Royalty and democracy are incompatible.