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Arganger
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Day School is better than Boarding School

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Started: 12/4/2017 Category: Education
Updated: 8 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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DivaExcel

Pro

Round 1: Accept my challenge
Round 2: Make your first argument
Round 3: Build upon your argument and counter my argument (if necessary)
Round 4: Bring your argument to a conclusion

If you know you might run out of points halfway please don't accept this challenge. DO NOT FORFEIT. I'm very interested in what the con/against side has to say.
Arganger

Con

I accept.
Debate Round No. 1
DivaExcel

Pro

Day school students enjoy an enriching education and strong relationships with their parents, who can more effectively support their academic success.

Parents get to play a hands-on role in helping with homework and projects, which can contribute to their children's academic success. Volunteer opportunities for parents at day schools allow them to make a difference and feel connected to their child's school.

Also, boarding schools now come at a vast expense. An analysis by the Good Schools Guide shows that the average annual cost is 27,600 pounds, before allowing for any extras. In comparison, the average day schools cost 11,709 pounds per year. The Killik Private Education Index shows that fees have increased by more than 300% since 1990 (at roughly four times the rate of inflation). Staggeringly, if current trends continue we will be looking at fees of 61,000 pounds by 2027. It is undeniably something to consider carefully before committing. And that's just in the UK alone.

In case of any sickness or injury, parents can be with their children immediately if they are admitted in a day school. Some children require parents to be constantly by their side, especially if something untoward happens.

Day school students are also better able to build roots in their home community and take advantage of local career opportunities when they graduate.

Sourcing:
(1) http://www.ourkids.net...
(2) https://www.urbanpro.com...
(3) https://www.keystonetutors.com...
Arganger

Con

A good boarding school has its place.

In a military family for instance, the inconsistency of moving every few years or even sometimes months could have a negative effect on some children's psyche. Going to a boarding school could provide a sense of stability.

In military families children are more likely to be bullied, get into fights, and abuse alcohol. Some of this could likely be due to the lack of stablity in a military family.

https://news.usc.edu...

The same could apply to children whom's parents recently went through a divorce, and in some cases children of missionaries that served in dangerous places
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Boarding school also can be a good option for families living in poverty, dangerous communities or homeless families if they are given some kind of assistance to pay for it.

In cases of homelessness and poverty a good boarding school insures a meal everyday.

In all three cases it ensures a safe environment, and a decent education that could pull a family out of trouble or even save a child's life.
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The act of living away from home could also serve to foster independence as adults, allowing them to move out sooner and be more prepared for collage life. Acording to my source 78% of
boarding school students feel prepared for collage vs 23% of public school students. And 50% of boarding school students go on to earn advanced degrees vs 21% of public school students.

Though their parents do end up less involved they still do see them and it can foster a strong sense of independence.

http://www.boardingschools.com...
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Debate Round No. 2
DivaExcel

Pro

Day schools are a better option for those parents who wish to have close supervision over their children. Day schools enable constant parent-teacher contact and this enables the parents to be able to monitor the progress of their children in terms of both academics and extracurricular activities. This is also an important aspect of a day school. Parents can provide moral guidance if they are in constant contact with their children and this is possible only if the children are admitted to a day school.

Remember that education doesn"t only happen at school, where teachers are often under strain to stick to the curriculum and focus on exams. Children's other intellectual interests can be kept alive (be it literature, politics, art or drama), by spending evenings and weekends at galleries, museums and with friends from outside of school.

More so, it can be difficult for a student to adjust to boarding school because she has been placed in completely new surroundings with unfamiliar people and circumstances. Time spent with family and friends from home becomes limited, which can make the transition seem harder. A personal life away from school is also difficult to maintain due to the high expectations of academic excellence in a typical boarding school. Also, extracurricular activities provided by the school often occupy a student's time after classes and on the weekends. And although rules and guidelines are needed to implement discipline in students, oftentimes a boarding school student must strictly adhere to even minor rules or risk expulsion.

The presence of bullying and related problems is another problem in boarding school. Boarding schools are not immune to problems with bullying (as is sometimes documented in the media).

(1) https://www.urbanpro.com...
(2) https://www.keystonetutors.com...
(3) http://classroom.synonym.com...
(4) http://www.ourkids.net...
Arganger

Con

Day school primarily only gives parents control over the students home life. It is common for parents to have no clue what is going on at school, and only really know what is given to them in the form of grades, no more then boarding schools. Public schools have, over time, become increasingly distant to parents, the only true remedy for this being homeschooling. Most parents don't even know what their children are really learning from school at all.

One example of how this can happen even with basic grades: http://educationpost.org...


Interests other than school are very often still accessible to students in boarding schools. Many are even focused on extra curricular subjects.

Some that encourage art:
http://www.boardingschools.com...

Not to mention that living at school, with or without many extra curriculars, encourages a focus on study which is good for finding a collage and in the end, their success.

The limit of parental involvment has its upside as well, helping to encurage healthy independence in a world where many young adults live with their parents.

https://www.cbsnews.com...

Any transition is hard, but they will survive and possibly thrive after they become used to it. I moved a lot when I was young and my father died. I ended up okay, and if the parents feel boarding school is the best option the kid might end up more than okay.

Having most of your friends in school both isn't uncommon or necessarily bad. Not to mention living together may strengthen those friendships to the point of almost being family.

Bulling is a problem that all schools have, I know I was bullied harshly being forced to sit between lunch tables on the floor, people trying to fight me, constently being called names and even my friends being targeted. I know people who have dealt with much worse, even having been sexually assulted by other students, this being in public schools.

According to this 1/4 students are bullied.
https://www.stopbullying.gov...
Debate Round No. 3
DivaExcel

Pro

Boarding school might be called a home away from home and people might be of the opinion that the parent will have more time to him/herself but truly, day school is better.

Why should a parent be looking for 'me time' when the child needs to be cared for and loved by the parent? No matter what age the child may be, in my opinion, day school is better for that child than boarding school.

I shall conclude this debate by urging the voters to please vote for Pro. Thank you.
Arganger

Con

Both day school and boarding school are imperfect, but boarding school can take a place day school never will, teaching true independence and for many offering their only source of stability.

For most people, the average public school will fail them, yet even through homesickness, so many boarding schools do well and prepare children for real life, even if the parents must sacrifice time with their children.

Please consider both sides, and hopefully vote Con!

Thank you.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by DivaExcel 8 months ago
DivaExcel
I won't. I'm just in the middle of exams currently so I'm a bit busy
Posted by Arganger 8 months ago
Arganger
15 min left
Posted by Arganger 8 months ago
Arganger
You have six hours
Posted by Arganger 8 months ago
Arganger
You have six hours
Posted by Arganger 8 months ago
Arganger
Don't forget your own rule please.
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