Children Behavior in this generation has gotten worse then before? Yes OR No
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FRANK J. SCHULTZ (2012) Children behaving badly: Has it gotten worse? Retrived from; http://www.gazettextra.com...-
Let's begin with the use of explicit words. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that the use of profanity has become more prevalent, but there are a few objections that can be made to that.
The first, and most obvious, is that it is simply anecdotal evidence. I'm sure that my opponent is familiar with the concept of "Rosy Retrospection", a common memory bias whereby a person is more likely to remember things as being better than they are now. With no real documentation on the general behaviour or swearing of children in previous generations, all we have are the lamentations of teachers and parents who may be susceptible to such a bias.
The second objection concerns the perception on the morality of swearing; how is it indicative of deteriorating child behaviour? Despite a long-held view that swearing is for the less educated and articulated part of society, they are perfectly valid words in the English language, serve particular purposes, and carry unique connotations and expressions that other language may not be able to express as coherently or with enough conviction. A child using offensive language is no different from a child using language considered to be "not-offensive" with the same intent any any way other than different effects on our sensitivities.
Finally, an objection to the three examples of behaviour presented towards the end of Pros' paragraph: A First-grader telling their teacher to "F-off", a Kindergarten boy poking his hand up a girls' skirt, and the same boy holding scissors to the neck of one of his classmates. The reason I don't class the first instance with my first objections is due to it being more about the intent of force behind the language, rather than the language itself.
In regards to all three of these instances, these could more easily be attributed to cases of human behaviour, rather than child behaviour specifically. Children as just as varied and unique in the personalities as adults are, and as such there are those who display less favourable traits. This, however, does not indicate a general decline in the overall behaviour of children.
Furthermore, and particularly in regards to the last two instances, these actions could be more indicative of the naivety of the child, especially considering that the child was in Kindergarten. At this age, a boy sticking his hand up a girls skirt could mean any number of things other than the intentionally negative behaviour implied by Pros' argument. Simple, but misplaced curiosity on the boys' part, or imitation of behaviour from an adult without understanding the full implications or repercussions of such an action. In the last instance, and without any extra information about the event given (whether it was done in a way where intent and proper cognition of what he was doing on the boys' part), it can easily be boiled down to naivety and a misunderstanding the actions' full implications and potential harm.
Katty forfeited this round.
Katty forfeited this round.
I once again extend all arguments posted in Round One, and close the debate on whether the behaviour of children has gotten worse in this generation than those before.
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