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Chewing gum in class

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Started: 2/9/2015 Category: Education
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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I think we should chew gum in class it is good for your teeth if its sugar free and it helps your brain


This round shall be judged (in terms of arguments) based on whether or not the Aff can show that chewing gums promotes the purpose of school.

First, definitions.
Although there are quite a few purposes of school, they all surround development, physically, emotionally, and socially [1]. For this reason, the purpose of school will be defined as follows:
To develop students into the best adults they can be.

Best will be defined as "offering or producing the greatest advantage"[2]. This means that a school should do whatever will give the students the greatest advantage in life.

Argument 1: Harms of chewing gum.
There are a variety of harms that come from chewing gum that give the children a disadvantage in life.

a: fast food.
Chewing a lot of gum is shown to encourage the eating of fast food. This can lead to problems later in life such as diabetes and obesity.
b: temporomandibular joint disorder.
Chewing too much gum, especially if it is chewed more heavily on one side of the mouth, can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder. This can lead to a variety of pains ranging from headaches to toothaches.
c: gastrointestinal problems.
Chewing gum can cause a variety of gastrointestinal problems ranging from irritable bowel syndrome to regular abdominal pain.
d: tooth problems.
Chewing gum, even sugar free gum, leads to teeth issues. Regular gum essentially bathes one's teeth in sugar while sugar-free gum can surround the teeth with harmful acids.

Argument 2: Even sugar-free gum has many health risks.
Despite the fact that some doctors recommend it, sugar-free gum has been found to have a strong negative effect on teeth. Sugar-free gum contains within it acid that is very problematic to the teeth. This supposedly-safe sugar-free gum can often cause dental erosion, disadvantaging the child who chews it. [4].

Overall, gum, whether sugar-free or not, causes massive detriments to health that set the kids who chew it at a disadvantage in life. This doesn't meet the purpose of school and chewing gum should thus not be allowed.

Debate Round No. 1


WE NEED GUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it helps with habits of chewing your lip it also helps you focus in class
WE NEED GUM NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


1: my opponent lacks sources
2: extend all arguments
Debate Round No. 2


briggsalldaylong forfeited this round.


Spelling/grammar: too many exclamation marks by the Aff
Arguments: con points went unrefuted, pro made baseless claims
Conduct: pro forfeited points
Sources: Con used sources whereas pro didn't.

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Debate Round No. 3
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by GenericUser1026 1 year ago
I'm already sensing a large gap in debating standards between you two.
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