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sarah51
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On balance; a course in Civics is more benefical then a course in Chemistry

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Started: 5/31/2009 Category: Education
Updated: 8 years ago Status: Voting Period
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ilovgoogle

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Clearly, without a doubt, more benefit will and has been had, when people take Civics over Chemistry. To say otherwise is complete nonsense. Using a simple cost-benefit analysis model we can demonstrate this. There is 300 MILLION American citizens in America; all of them come in contact with at least 2 of their civic duties (paying taxes serving on a jury, voting, serving in the country's armed forces when called upon (in the US even illegal immigrants must serve in case of a draft, obeying the criminal laws enacted by one's government, even while abroad.) http://en.wikipedia.org...)
By taking a course in Civics they will have a greater understanding of these duties and will understand how better to follow and obey them leading to a better society then if they were not to take Civics. When people take a course in Chemistry however; the skills attained in this course could never be called upon; therefore being wasted. But as we've seen with Civics not matter who it is they will always benefit regardless of their choices in life.
sarah51

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Before I begin, I'd like to thank my opponent for this debate; although the resolution is a bit misleading as, without a course in Chemistry, one wouldn't be able to "balance" anything!

To claim that skills attained in Chemistry would never be called upon is simply illogical. Chemistry is happening all around us, all the time. It's involved with the air we breathe and the various processes that go on in our bodies. One can escape a civic duty by extreme means, but can never escape the ongoings of chemistry, thus making a basic course in the subject extremely enlightening and informing.

This is not to say that a course in Civics isn't enlightening, informing, or useful, but I fail to see how it has "more benefit," as stated by my partner, when the average 16 year old already goes into the class knowing an a certain extent of one's civic duty to obey laws, pay taxes, or serve on a jury.

With the world rapidly advancing in areas of science and technology, a understanding of a science like Chemistry is crucial for Americans to compete with the rest of the world. My opponent talks about a "better society," but achieving a better society will undoubtedly be difficult without the capability of keeping up with the rest of the world. Even those who find themselves dealing with a subject such as international law will need to know Chemistry, as many of the world's resources are reliant on various chemical elements. Chemistry is also imperative to ensure safety in home. Without a course in Chemistry, how would know the dangers associated with carbon monoxide? Without a course in Chemistry, how would one have discovered the utilization of ammonium in glass cleaner that people across the United States currently use on a daily basis to wash their windows?

Additionally, I find it ridiculous that my opponent gives himself the audacity to claim that Civics is more useful, seeing as he has yet to take a course in Chemistry.
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