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repete21
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Parenting in the US needs to be more strict, and punishment should be more harsh

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/11/2007 Category: Society
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
Viewed: 1,113 times Debate No: 238
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repete21

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In the last several years, there has been an increased amount of violence, and both physical, and verbal abuse among children of increasingly young ages. I believe that although parenting is not the cause of this problem, it contributes, and could be the solution.
The amount of violence, and bullying is increasing in schools, and becoming more severe, as we see from incidents across the nation, along with incidents in our own towns and schools. In the last years, there have been several shootings of schools, countless threats, fights, and horrible rumors, also, things such as sex, drugs, alcohol, and cheating, have become an accepted part of teen-age behavior, this will have a negative effect on individuals, and society as a whole.
As the baby-boomers get old, and begin to draw from social security, and the country engages in wars, the next generation will need to step up and fill the shoes of those before us, as society becomes worse and worse, more students are not finishing high school, being expelled, or dying by their own hand, or because of their piers, such as drunk driving, and drug overdoses, although this may not cause a serious problem for the country as a whole, it will cause a problem as their is a demand for trained employees, who have a degree, or are specialized in a certain field, also violence, and bullying in school causes problems for individuals in the teenage population, this can be linked to the shootings, threats, and suicide rate in the nation, and could be solved with better parenting.
If parents took the time to discipline their children, starting at a young age, and through their teens, I believe, many of the problems previously stated could be solved, especially, drugs, alcohol, and sex. As children we look up to our parents, as role models, we trust them, and most children say at least once, that they want to be just like their parents, so, if parents make their opinions clear on controversial topics, and make sure that their children know the difference between right and wrong, and know how to make good decisions, many of our problems could be solved for.
There is not only a need for more parenting, and punishment, but more harsh punishment, and more frequent, more harsh punishment, although not neccesarrily physical, would greatly increase the effectiveness. Currently, parents often say, "You are grounded from the TV" or "You cant go out this week", but still allow their children to do other things, which are just as fun, also, making punishments which are not relevant to the problem are not effective, for punishments to be effective, they need to do, at least two, if not all of the three following... 1)Be directly relevant to the problem 2)Be long lasting 3)Cover all privileges, without these, the children don't feel punished, and know that they can get away with doing the same thing again, without being seriously punished. When this happens, children make bad habits, have bad morals, and do not know how to determine between right and wrong, if this could be solved for, many of our problems with the young population could be solved for.
bglwfy

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I don't think parenting itself needs to be stricter or that punishments whould be more harsh. Every generation thought that their children would not be able to fill their shoes. Look at WWI I'm sure veterans looked at their children and thought they would never be able to do that, those hoolagins listenings to jazz wearing flapper dresses!! And what happened? WWII one of the greatest wins america has ever seen. Do I think some parents are slightly lacks compared to, say, how our grandfather's parents were? yes. But, do I think that this generation is going to fail because of poor parenting? Absolutely not. I will always agree with the phrase "parents do the best job they know how". Some just know better than others. This generation is not a ridiculously corrupt generation. Yes, there are probably worse things in the world now and I fear for my children, but every child in our country is not raised by parents who let them do whatever they want. It is the few brats in this world that make people like you think that the next generation is going to fail. We are not going to fail. Bad parenting, good parenting, strict rules, no rules, a child will turn out however that child chooses to turn out. Period. Blame your mother or father or lack thereof all you want for the way children become lazy, useless adults, but every man for himself (so to speak). As children grow older they can choose to walk all over their parents (given their parent is lackadasical) or rebel against the strict rules governed by their "horribly un-understanding parents". people will always be and become who they want to become. Lacks rules in the house does not ruin a child - or its generation.
Debate Round No. 1
repete21

Pro

I agree with you that parents shouldnt be blamed, and I do agree that parenting is the problem, I am stating that it is the solution to the problem, and for the record, I never stated that the next generation would fail, simply that there will be many problems occur, if things are not changed, and it is getting worse and worse, and the "brat" you speak of is no longer the minority, but rather the majority, and moving on to the "people will always become who they want to become" I believe that parents can change their childrend's oppinions, when their children are young, so that they become a "good kid", also, most people who do make major mistakes at a young age look back and regret it, they dont say "I am sure glad I got expelled", or "I am glad I got knocked up at the age 15", they regret, their descisions, and I think that parents can keep them from making these descisions, with punishment, then when they are out of their parents hands, they can do what they want with their life, I honnestly dont believe that the majority of people who claim to have "Made a bad choice" or "Messed up" have done after they were out of their parents control, or did it because they were never told not to, I think that parenting could solve for these peoples problems, although it is not the cause.
bglwfy

Con

bglwfy forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
repete21

Pro

hmmmm.... *sigh* I was looking forward to an interesting debate, but it seems someone forgot responsiblity, and decided to leave it, if anyone wants a REAL debate on this, that would be great, and to you bglwfy, please dont start a fight you dont intend to finish, thats not the point of this site, thats all I have to say on this topic.
bglwfy

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bglwfy forfeited this round.
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Posted by RepublicanView333 9 years ago
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ha love ur pic repete21 (vtoe mciacn)
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