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Geneiveve
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happycman
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Censoring history books for high school students should not be allowed.

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Geneiveve
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 9/27/2014 Category: Education
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Geneiveve

Pro

School boards should not be allowed to pick and choose the history that is taught to students. There are some school boards that believe students should not be taught the parts of US history that "condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law." It is essential that our students are taught the full spectrum of our history.

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happycman

Con

I accept this debate and will provide my case in R2.
Debate Round No. 1
Geneiveve

Pro

History is a very important subject for today's students, so important that school boards should not be able to "sanitize" the content. Currently, in Jefferson County Colorado three school board members propose to remove content from advance placement history that "condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law." They are also asking that the content "present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage." Both of these statements demonstrate the intent to sanitize the history that is taught to students in the hope of promoting patriotism while discouraging students from questioning the powers that be.

The main argument for protesting such action is that it is only through questioning injustices that change is made. Our history is rife with examples of the populous rising up and causing civil (and not so civil) disorder to prompt a change in our country. Everything from the Boston Tea Party to the civil rights movement. If we start hiding such actions from our students we may take away that very important trigger for enacting change.

A second argument against such action is how taking such measures have affected other countries. Japan and Turkey are excellent examples of countries that have tried to censer their history. Japan is widely know to have denied the Raping of Nanking repeatedly. While the majority of the world accept that Japan committed the atrocities that were happened after the Battle of Nanking, Japan still had denies their role in the massacre. This has helped to foster ill-will between Japan and China. Turkey also denies a dark part of their history. Turkey claims that they had no hand in the Armenian genocide that killed more than one million people during World War I. One of the reasons Armenians have not reconciled with the Turkey is because of this denial. If we start denying events in our history those we have wronged, here and abroad, will be alienated and any momentum we have made will be lost.

If we allow student to be taught a version of history that prevents them from knowing the good, the bad, and the ugly of our history we can damage our future, our domestic interests and our international relationships.
happycman

Con

happycman forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
Geneiveve

Pro

Same as in round 2
happycman

Con

happycman forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
happycman

Con

happycman forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
Geneiveve

Pro

Is it over yet?
happycman

Con

happycman forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by republicofdhar 2 years ago
republicofdhar
If you're still interested in debating this after its over, I'd be happy to debate you on this.
Posted by Geneiveve 2 years ago
Geneiveve
Is there a way to end the debate? I do not want to keep it up if he chooses not to argue...
Posted by Geneiveve 2 years ago
Geneiveve
The fact that the event happened should still be taught. If we start editing our history about "horrible" acts then we will be no better than Japan and the Nanking Massacre or Turkey and the Armenian genocides.
Posted by LogicalLunatic 2 years ago
LogicalLunatic
Okay, so what if somebody brutally raped the President's daughter in a way that is too horrid for words to describe? Should the incident and all its gruesome, graphic details be told to students?
Posted by Geneiveve 2 years ago
Geneiveve
Thank you Blade-of-Truth and Domr
Posted by Blade-of-Truth 2 years ago
Blade-of-Truth
Yeah, you took the wrong side. You need to switch to the Pro position in order to stay aligned with your own position on the resolution you've presented. If you are against them censoring, you need to be Pro because you are affirming the resolution which is saying that it shouldn't be allowed. Whoever says that they think it should be allowed should be in the Con position since they are going against the resolution you've created.
Posted by Domr 2 years ago
Domr
I believe you mean take Pro in this debate.

Resolution: "Censoring history books for high school students should not be allowed."

Con: (Against) 'Not' censoring books. Meaning you would be IN FAVOR of censoring.

Pro would agree with the resolution, meaning Pro does NOT want their to be censorship.
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Vote Placed by lannan13 2 years ago
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Vote Placed by bladerunner060 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: How unfortunate that Con chose to waste Pro's time. Conduct for the forfeits, arguments because Con presented none whatsoever.