Debates 3 and 4

The third and fourth debate were a lot of fun. I was one of the debaters for this week, and I had a lot of fun researching and discussing this topic. The topic that I debated was whether or not I believe we should be surveying student data while they are in school. I disagreed with this and had some research to back up my statement. I found that we are actually monitoring them on a much larger scale than we think. We can actually see what they post and even their text messages depending on what we deem acceptable to watch. There were counter points saying that we are preventing things like suicide and violent crimes. This was a good argument and I debated it by saying that violent crime is down from 2001 to 2017, stating schools are safer than they’ve ever been. This was really fun and I enjoy debating these topics with people.

The third debate was about whether social media is ruining childhood. I don’t have a particular stance on this topic because social media can help students out, but it can also hinder students as well. Both parties brought up great points about why they are on their respective sides. One of the points being about health and why we need to help students go outside and be healthy. I completely agree with this point because we need to ensure that students are remaining healthy and happy in their vulnerable years. On the other hand, social media can help students with research and other means of working on school assignments. There are a lot of pros and cons to both sides of the argument and I had a great time watching this debate unfold.

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