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Business: The Challenges of Intellectual Property

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Warmer questions Can ideas be property? Can ideas be assets? Can you think of any companies which produce no tangible product, but only ideas? Have you …

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Is University Far Too Expensive for Students?

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Warmer questions How much did you pay to go to university? If you haven’t been yet, how much would it cost you? Do you think it …

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Business: What Is Hitachi’s Vision for the Future of Work?

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Warmer questions The digital economy is expanding rapidly to include many sectors (market verticals), what predictions do you have for how technology will change the nature …

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TED Talk Debates: What Really Motivates People to Be Honest in Business

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Warmer questions Businesses play an important part in our life. Are there any businesses you do not trust? Why? Do you think that to work in …

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Breeding Dogs Should Be Ended or Curtailed

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Many dog owners feel their dog is so cute that they need to fill the world with dogs just like her, and some want to sell …

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Reality TV Does More Harm Than Good

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Warmer questions Have you ever watched TV shows like Big Brother, America’s Next Top Model, Cast Away, or any other programme? Why do you feel they …

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Does Homework Improve Student Performance

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Warmer questions How much homework do you get each week? Are you expected to finish it all? What is the best way for you to learn …

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Can Foreign Aid Help Countries Develop and Get out of Debt?

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Warmer questions Does your country give aid to developing nations? How much is an acceptable amount to give and why? How useful are these funds and …

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Can a Woman Be Successful Without Wearing Makeup?

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Warmer questions How often do you wear makeup? Do you think there is pressure on women to be presentable whereas men do not? There is a …

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Better to Be Safe Than Sorry: Government Surveillance

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Warmer questions Do you safe when you are walking around the city? The police frequently use CCTV cameras to prevent crime, do they make you feel …

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Taxation Is Theft

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Norway is considered the most heavily taxed country in the world, at almost 45% of total GDP being derived from tax collected. Hong Kong is incredibly light …

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Household Pets Should Live Indoors

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Some individuals and families look at their pets as another member of their household while other individuals look at pets as protection for their home or …

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Assisted Suicide Should Be Legalised

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Assisted suicide is when a medical professional helps another person to end their life. While this sounds harmful, there are many cases in real life where …

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Can Universal Basic Income Make Life Better for Everyone?

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Warmer questions What would you do with an extra salary? What would happen if no one in society needed to work? If you did not go …

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Do Tax Breaks Actually Help Society?

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Warmer questions How many taxes do you pay? Which taxes are unnecessary? Why do people dislike paying tax? Do you think the government spends money wisely? How …

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The Changing Attitudes to Same-sex Marriage

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Warmer questions Is it legal in your country for people of the same sex to get married? If yes, do you know when it was made …

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Space Exploration Is a Waste of Money

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When we think of space we often think of retro flashbacks of Star Trek and popular sci-fi shows. Sadly, the dream to travel to the stars …

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Animals Should Not Be Used for Entertainment

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Circuses, zoos, aquariums, dog fighting, hunting, fishing, horse racing, bullfighting… all of these practices keep animals in captivity and use them against their will for human …

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A Teacher’s Guide: The Basics of a Classroom Debate

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This article explores the reasons to use debating in class and a guide on how to implement different debating styles in your class. A simple debate …

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Should The Public Pay For A Royal Wedding?

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If you have been following the news, Prince Harry (one of the Princes of the British Crown) and Meghan Markle (an American actor) have wedded. The …