English spoken by today's youth
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English has been suffering some sort of violent metamorphosis, since I can record. That is nothing but inadmissible. Our language should prevail and reflect back to our roots. It is something we, as native English speakers, should look back at and be proud of.
I am a retired English teacher and back in my days as a teacher, I would read extracts from the English history"s most brilliant masterpieces and make my students dive into the words and surrender to its beauty. I would clearly dislike repeating this kind of teaching style if I was forced to read a book written by today"s youth.
Therefore, I think that schools should focus on teaching the upcoming generations the right way of speaking English.
However language, like all aspects of culture, evolves. "Language is always changing, evolving, and adapting to the needs of its users. This isn't a bad thing; if English hadn't changed since, say, 1950, we wouldn't have words to refer to modems, fax machines, or cable TV. As long as the needs of language users continue to change, so will the language" .
In addition to the creation of new words, the evolution of "slang" words and phrases has a useful function in society. Through our cultural expression in music, writing and the spoken word, different cultures communicate and express themselves through language that evolves with our exposure and experience to new people, places and things that incorporate different words and phrases as descriptors.
Consider the fact that the English we use now is far different from the English people used in Shakespeare's day, presumably in the very English classes my opponent has taught.
"O, spirit of love, how quick and fresh art thou!"
Twelfth N, Act i, Sc.1 - Shakespeare
Our language is the evolution of slang that reflects our culture and times. Indeed English has evolved many times since its inception. There is Old English or Anglo-Saxon (circa 450-1066 CE), Middle English (circa 1066-1450 AD) and Modern English from about the time of Shakespeare  which doesn't even include *actual* modern English. I assume my opponent doesn't speak or prefer Old English; that is not the type of English he has written in. Therefore Con can presumably understand the necessity and utility of a language's evolution.
laraosorio forfeited this round.
Con has said, "I would clearly dislike repeating this kind of teaching style if I was forced to read a book written by today's youth.
Therefore, I think that schools should focus on teaching the upcoming generations the right way of speaking English."
My opponent's entire argument is rooted in his preference. His preference does not negate any my contentions.
laraosorio forfeited this round.
Please extend my arguments and vote Pro. Thanks.
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Vote Placed by Emmarie 4 months ago
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Reasons for voting decision: RFD - The reason for me awarding conduct to Pro is obvious, Con ff'd rounds 2 and 3. Pro addresses and refutes con's position that the way that English has evolved thru the use of slang is negative by pointing to the fact that English has evolved since the Shakespearean days (and probably was covered in classes taught by con) more so than modern English has evolved thru slang, so argument points to pro. She also sites sources to show how English has evolved thru time since its inception, and con offers no sources at all to back his claim that slang's influence on English is detrimental to it's functionality, so I gave her sources points for that.
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