MLA FORMAT. NO INFORMATION OR STATISTICS FROM ONLINE! Write a persuasive essay in which
you argue for a specific change in the law or policy that you believe would improve society in some way. It
may be especially helpful to think about specific problems faced by younger people in today’s society and
seeking a change that would benefit them.Here are a few of the possible issues that you may choose to write about:
Policing. Argue for a specific, realistic change or set of changes in laws and policies related to policing.
Focus on one change (or maybe two if they are interrelated). Examples of possible changes include:
Requiring the use of body cameras on police officers, removing funding for police programs that use
military equipment and weaponry, changing use of force policies, outlawing the use of pepper spray, tear
gas or less-lethal weapons (tasers, rubber bullets) in crowd control situations unless officers are under
threat of substantial physical harm or death, creating an alternate set of community services provided by
unarmed community officers rather than police officers, etc.
Racial Inequality. Propose a specific change in law that would address a specific element of racial
inequalities. Don’t try to tackle the entire issue itself, but focus on one specific change in laws or policies
that would improve this.
Covid-19. Propose a specific law or policy that would help the state of Florida or the USA better deal with
the health and/or economic consequences of this global pandemic. Focus on one specific change,
providing 3 or 4 key benefits of/reasons for that change.
Reform of the public education system. Argue for a specific change or set of changes to the public school
system. This should not merely discuss the need for a change, but instead should be structured so as to
advocate a set of specific changes. Focus on one major change and seek to identify at least 3 key reasons
for/benefits of that change.
Eliminate high-stakes standardized testing in the K-12 school system. For example, the Florida Standards
Assessment (previously the FCAT) is used to determine the success of individual students and schools
within the state. Should this be eliminated? Or is there a change to this system that would benefit students,
improving their ability to gain a quality education?
Teacher Evaluations. Would the use of required student evaluations of teachers (in K-12 and/or
colleges/universities) improve classroom teaching? Would it be beneficial to tie these evaluations to a
teacher’s on-going employment?
Reform in undergraduate degree programs. Is there a change in traditional college degree programs that
would be beneficial?
Change in voting age. At present, Americans can register to vote once they have turned 18 years old.
Argue for a specific change in the age of eligibility to vote. Would this impact education or economic
policies that affects younger adults?
Vote by mail or Voter ID laws. Many states do not allow voters to vote by mail or only allow mail voting for
those who are disabled or over 65. Should voting laws be changed nationally to allow for voting by mail
without excuse? What would be the benefits of this?
Financial reform. Argue for a change in laws in regards to financial regulation.
Tuition reform or changes in financial aid system. Should changes be made to how students pay for higher
education? If you’re going to advocate something that would lower costs for students, how will those costs
be then paid? (If the answer is simply that the government will pay, you’ll have to argue for why increased
taxpayer spending would ultimately benefit the overall society)
Change the minimum wage. Should the minimum wage be raised? Should it be lowered or eliminated
Change the income tax code. Should there be changes in the income tax code? Simply arguing against
taxes or for lower taxes would be note effective. Rather, an argument for changing the system should
thoughtfully consider how to fund government spending while changing the method of raising revenue. For
example, you could argue for changing the tax brackets, for specific exemptions to income taxes (such as
all educational costs, the costs of insurance, etc), for taxing corporations at the same rate as individuals, or
for a “flat tax” system.
Change in access to medical insurance. At present, younger adults are among the most likely to lack
access to affordable medical insurance. Is there a change in law that would help improve this?
Change in gun regulations. The frequency of mass shootings and domestic violence shootings has
increased as the gun industry has successfully lobbied politicians to ensure few limits on gun ownership. Should there be limitations on who can own automatic, semi-automatic, or other military-grade weapons?
Should there be other changes that impact gun ownership that would decrease the number of mass
shootings or the overall rates of death to guns? Are there any specific changes to laws that would decrease
the overwhelming number of gun deaths that occur due to depression or domestic violence?
Change in election laws or government structures. Beyond voting age, are there are any other changes in
election laws or government that might encourage greater voter participation or more fairly reflect the will of