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pepitomoguel
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Children should play a big role in deciding what is taught to them.

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Started: 7/12/2012 Category: Education
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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pepitomoguel

Pro

Children should play a big role in deciding what is taught to them. All humans have the right to choose, despite the age difference. We should not discriminate anyone. I believe that everyone has the right to choose what they wish to do with their lives. All children should be able to choose what they want to learn. It should be up to the parents and teachers to support their decision and guide them. Don't tell the child how to live or grow up. They will change their minds on their own if they made a mistake. we are just their supports and motivation.
linesofpepsi

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Children don't know what they need. They don't know what is best for them in the long run. When I was 7 I would have wanted to learn about video games and cheerleading, not mathematics. Core curriculum exists for a reason. There are certain things that young adults need to be able to comprehend to be productive members of society. Yes, children have rights, but there's a reason they aren't allowed to vote and make legal decisions, among other privileges.

When a person turns 18, they are legally able to make decisions for themselves. There's a reason for that. Kids aren't the best at knowing what's good for them. They need guidance.

This also brings up the issue of how to instruct children. Does every child get it's own teacher? How are you going to teach a group of 30 children when all 30 want to learn what they want to learn and not what will help them later in life.

An extensive knowledge of dinosaurs won't land your son Billy a job 20 years from now.
Debate Round No. 1
pepitomoguel

Pro

Not all children are the same. We should not discriminate and overlook the age. As parents/ teachers/ Guardians, we should overlook the age and trust in the children of today. they are the future and the future needs a change. sometimes people learn on their own. trust the children to know what they want learn and what they are interested in. No one wants their future to be decided by others. As parents/ teachers/ guardians, we should only be the support system and a motivational push to the child

Who are we to know what is best for others. Yes they might be young, but look at today's world, television with 5th graders that are beyond smart, about to become genius, more like our leaders. Not everyone is the same. we need to let loose of being the leader all the time and let them decide for once.
linesofpepsi

Con

What children are interesting in isn't always what's useful. I know plenty of 8 year old boys who would love to learn about sharks and dinosaurs and swords, but that's not what makes sucsessful kids. Do you really think that the kids on Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader got there learning what they chose? Nope. They're smart because they learn a variety of subjects at a very intense level for their age.

"Who are we to know what's best for others?" Children don't even know what's best for themselves. Most children hate vegetables and think that they can live on their own. When you let children decide what THEY want, yes, occasionally they make good decisions. But most don't.

It's not about what they want. It's about what they need.
Debate Round No. 2
pepitomoguel

Pro

thinking about what children need is straying from the topic of the question. when you say its about what they need is saying you know whats best for Tommy, so your going to make him study to become an astronaut when poor little Tommy already wanted to be a lawyer.

how can we know if the children are ready or not to make their own decisions if we don't let them decide on their own. everyone makes bad and good decision. no one is perfect. the mind is a fragile thing and most are different from others. leaving a child to choose for themselves helps them to see their mistakes and go back to fix it or to look at what others is doing and correct themselves.

sometimes useful things can become useful. sure they want to learn about sharks, dinosaurs and swords. but look harder. how do we decide what we want to become. by learning about those same things. if little bobby is fascinated by dinosaurs eventually he will take liking to the subject and in time he would hopefully become the world's greatest archaeologists. or if Suzy likes shark she could become a marine biologist. sometimes people need a different way of picking subjects they like. it shouldn't be forced upon them.
linesofpepsi

Con

The problem with your argument is that there are certain things that everyone needs to learn in order to become a functioning member of society. If Tommy is a lawyer who can't do taxes or calculate a tip at a restaurant, because math never interested him so he never bothered to learn it, that's a huge problem.

Children are naturally inquisitive and they'll find subjects that interest them naturally. But children are also very fickle. On day they love dinosaurs and the next day, sharks are the most important thing to them. So what do you do when he changes his mind? Just start back in grade 1 all over again? Keep feeding him knowledge about sharks until he finds something else he likes more?

Children are very bad at being well-rounded. I don't know of any children who would rather learn about mathematics and grammar than space and knights. If they do exist, they'll go far in the world. But the point is that sometimes, subject matter may not be oodles of fun to learn, but they need it to be functional.

Call me when Billy knows the dietary habits of a pterodactyl but can't do long division.
Debate Round No. 3
pepitomoguel

Pro

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linesofpepsi

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Debate Round No. 4
pepitomoguel

Pro

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linesofpepsi

Con

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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by pepitomoguel 4 years ago
pepitomoguel
ages 4-12
Posted by XStrikeX 4 years ago
XStrikeX
How old are "children"?
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