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maddie.nz
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voxaurorae
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New Zealanders should learn māori

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Started: 8/19/2016 Category: Education
Updated: 9 months ago Status: Debating Period
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maddie.nz

Pro

We should learn māori cause it's our native language we don't want a different country taking over. We don't speak it that much because they have already taken over and we should have the right to decline that so we need to fight, debate, decide if you want to be a unique and free country or part of a different country do it for our native rights do it for New Zealand.
voxaurorae

Con

No person should be forced to learn any language, whether or not it is considered their country's "native language." If a country, especially one with a learning disability or difficulty, is forced to learn two languages, it would raise many issues and spark many more debates, such as:

-Which language would be considered the primary language?
-Which language are all the road signs written in?
-What language would bookstores sell books in?
-When would those who have already learned one language learn the other?
-How are schools supposed to afford teachers for both languages as well as provide classrooms and supplies?
-How much of a damper will this put on education budgeting?
-Who would be paying for the new road signs and such that would be put on the roads, if they change?
-Would the citizens agree to this new rule?

Also, your other argument, the one about New Zealand losing it's uniqueness due to the language they speak, is entirely invalid. Even if a country speaks the same language as another, it an an entirely different country. Example: Spain and Mexico speak the same language, but they possess entirely different cultures.
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