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Should debates be allowed in classes?
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Posted 7/15/09
I have just graduated this year from High School but before the school year ended, I remember how the principal, staff dept. members, and other members of the board were discussing about certain rules of what not to do in classes when it comes to discussions. My teacher over heard and told the class that they were planning on not tolerating a discussion between different views upon a matter of opinion. In other words, No debating among students or teachers to stay away from certain arguments rather than academics. But this will eventually have to occur when it comes to certain classes that discuss certain topics (Abortion, Racism, Immigration, Gay marriage, ect.)

What are your opinions on this matter?

(Feel free to move this if it does not belong in here)
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Posted 7/15/09 , edited 7/15/09
I think, debates about rules are rather pointless. debating about it, don't even try to do it with the teachers, but the government. Because they set up the rules, not the school self.

But, if you're talking about racism, sex , and social things, I'd say yes why not? The more you debate about it, how more you'll know about the topic itself.

But, it's a Yes no thread. I'll let the mods decide about it though.
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Posted 7/15/09
well sure. it improves your arguing skills. you can be a good lawyer.. i think
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Posted 7/15/09
Depends on what you're debating about. If it's about certain things in life then I don't see an issue.
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Posted 7/15/09 , edited 7/15/09
I agree with them. During one of my periods in school there was this idiot of a student, who would ALWAYS argue with the teacher. About random things that had nothing to do with our course. He would do it on purpose so we can waste time doing nothing instead of work.

And it wasn't just with him, I remember a lot of students randomly bringing up a subject and arguing with the teacher. Trying to prove themselves to be more intelligent to a teacher. Which is idiotic. A teacher isn't there to show you off, they're there to teach you on the course that you have chosen.

I think they should completely kill arguments and debates out of class, unless the teacher asks their students to start in debates.
I don't think random debates should be allowed. It's annoying, time consuming, and you just look like an idiot trying to prove your point which has nothing to do with the course or subject we're in.
Posted 7/15/09
Most of my peers can't even have decent conversations with their friends... (I don't want to imagine how much more it would suck when it comes to debates and arguments.) I think I'd dislike hearing their opinions going to nothing but nonsense. So yeah, I think that's a pretty good idea that they've thought through before implementing. Although the students can also debate about this matter with their teachers and why they forbid them to debate if they really want to (provided that they can, of course).
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Posted 7/15/09
Well, we always have round table debates in my IS class for IB.
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Posted 7/15/09 , edited 7/15/09
What fun are class without debates?
I think that debates are a good way of learing different views and opinions in matters...
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Posted 7/15/09

Versailles89 wrote:

What fun are class without debates?
I think that debates are a good way of learing different views and opinions in matters...


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Posted 7/15/09
psh, we always debate in class. It sure beats the hell out of lectures :\
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In our school its already allowed, and debating club
Posted 7/15/09
i think it's a good idea
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Kippu wrote:

I agree with them. During one of my periods in school there was this idiot of a student, who would ALWAYS argue with the teacher. About random things that had nothing to do with our course. He would do it on purpose so we can waste time doing nothing instead of work.

And it wasn't just with him, I remember a lot of students randomly bringing up a subject and arguing with the teacher. Trying to prove themselves to be more intelligent to a teacher. Which is idiotic. A teacher isn't there to show you off, they're there to teach you on the course that you have chosen.

I think they should completely kill arguments and debates out of class, unless the teacher asks their students to start in debates.
I don't think random debates should be allowed. It's annoying, time consuming, and you just look like an idiot trying to prove your point which has nothing to do with the course or subject we're in.


Hmmmm.....Very well said.
Posted 7/15/09
I think it should be allowed as long as it goes along with the course criteria, either something that was already taught in that class or will be. It's okay to have something like that every once in a while. My classes were full of debates in high school during the Presidential election stuff.
Posted 7/15/09 , edited 7/15/09
Yes and no. Completely abolishing the idea of debates in classes is not good either. Debates are here to broaden your horizon about what others think, to improve your own rhetorical skills, and to learn how to properly debate.

Arguments =/= debates

So, debates: yes
arguments: no

And actually, I think this thread would be more appropriate for the Extended discussion section, but so far the majority of replies does contain quite a decent level, and that being in the General discussion! Pretty decent. So, I'm quite eager to see how this thread will develop in the GD. =]
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