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christinemarotteck
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Koopin
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21 Points

Public Schools Should Allow Texting In Classrooms

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Koopin
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 11/12/2009 Category: Education
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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christinemarotteck

Con

Rules:
1. Nothing to serious
2. Avoid text walls (don't type much)
3. Keep everything simple
4. Leave out a value and criterion
5. Have Fun!

And now starting with my arguments:
Texting can disrupt class. Therefore, I negate the resolution:
RESOLVED: Public Schools Should Allow Texting in Classrooms

I. Texting can distract the student
-If the student is texting in class while the teacher is teaching, the student cannot comprehend what is being taught.

II. Texting can distract other classmates
-While texting, classmates can hear the phone vibrate, be distracted when the student pushes buttons, and finally: tune out the teacher and not accept any of the teachings.

I will post more once someone accepts this debate: Thank you & Good luck!
Koopin

Pro

First I would like to say thank you opponent for making this debate,
I made a dumb mistake because I thought that you believed that texting should be allowed in schools.
The funny part about this is I am home schooled.
But since you want to make this debate fun, I will come up with something. Let me ask you a few questions

1. Do you believe that there should be some kind of protection around the room to avoid texting

2. true or false, this sentence is false

3. What kind of punishments should be issued if someone is caught texting.
Debate Round No. 1
christinemarotteck

Con

1. Yes, I believe that there should be some kind of protection around the room to avoid texting:
-There are different devices that the network "people" can get to physically drain the battery to all phones if they are in a certain area.

2. True. You are true to say that, that sentence is false. (:

3. It kinda depends on the teacher/school. but...
-Phone taken away
-Phone goes to office
-Parents have to come get it

Thanks :) & Good Luck!
Koopin

Pro

Thank you for your reply,

You said that you believe that there should be some kind of protection around the room to avoid texting.
What if a gunman came into a classroom and told everybody get down. He says he is going to kill everyone in one hour. One girl has a phone but can not make a call because the gunman will hear her. She tries to send a text message to her mom, but the message can not penetrate through the anti-text system. In one hour, they are all dead.
Text messages have saved countless lives in the past.
http://www.winknews.com...
http://www.engadgetmobile.com...
http://polizeros.com...

It would also cost tax payers money to build the system in every school to block text messages. There are about 18,790 public high schools in the USA. If each system cost 1 million dollars, it would cost the Government $18,790,000,000!
America is already suffering; we can not spend even more money to stop texting.

What if a student is caught texing his girlfriend and they take his phone away. The Parents call him to tell them to get home as soon as possible because his mother is going into labor, but no one is there to pick up. The school lines are already jam packed. Can you imagine how many calls the school would receive?

Thank you.
Debate Round No. 2
christinemarotteck

Con

Thank you :)

First you stated that you believe that students should be able to keep their phones in case of an emergency. However, schools are equipped with many safety features for that type of situation. Many schools now lock their doors and you are required to have a card or something else to get in. Also, there are many classrooms that have buttons in their class to push in case you need to get in contact with someone.
-If we keep phones in classrooms, it causes a big distraction to many.

You brought up the fact about money: First I would like to point out that this is an LD based debate and we do not worry about the funding. Second, I am willing to give a brief argument though, but i would appreciate it if we didn't make this one of the main points.. you made a predicament on the cost of each device but $1,000,000 is too far out. If cellphones needed to be removed for educational purposes, we could make it happen. We are already wasting the US's money on education since the students are not paying attention in class anyway.

And finally you mentioned about school lines being jammed. Every school has at least 2 phones in the office and extensions leading into classrooms. If there was an emergency involving the police, the police would come to the school and get the child. And for family matters, they COULD call the school. There is no way that the lines would be jammed. you have to realize that not every person will be calling the school all at once.

Thanks :)
Koopin

Pro

I would like to thank my opponent for her last debate. I would also like to thank the audience for taking the time out to read this argument.

Even today there are many ways of hurting someone in a school.
http://news.sky.com...
http://www.bild.de...
http://www.independent.co.uk...
http://www.usatoday.com...

Schools are also thinking about having an emergency text system to alert people if an emergency is happening.
http://www.usatoday.com...

"MANY schools now lock their doors and you are required to have a card or something else to get in. Also, there are MANY classrooms that have buttons in their class to push in case you need to get in contact with someone."
You said that many of them do, that does not mean all of them.

You do not want to debate about money, I have many things to talk about concerning that, but I will obey the rules.

Anything can happen with school phones, what if the power goes out? Then what?
Police can not always go out to a school to pick up students.

There would also be dangers in a anti-texting system, Cancer, disruption of a child's pacer, ect.

I think my point is made. vote pro.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by DocFarrell 4 years ago
DocFarrell
this is a stupid idea. why should texting be allowed in a classroom? all it does is distract you from learning and can distract your classmates. DUMB!!!!
Posted by Nails 4 years ago
Nails
"First I would like to point out that this is an LD based debate and we do not worry about the funding."

I don't think this is a legit argument even LD (particularly when the plan you propose WOULD cost alot) but you never once said that the round was supposed to be LD.
Posted by Koopin 4 years ago
Koopin
okay let me just make sure I have this down, you believe that texting in classrooms should not be allowed?
Posted by christinemarotteck 4 years ago
christinemarotteck
that's what i thought as soon as i wrote it. hence, "fun. no text walls., etc." but good luck! and thanks for accepting!
Posted by Koopin 4 years ago
Koopin
hmm, this one is going to be hard.
Posted by christinemarotteck 4 years ago
christinemarotteck
lol :) alright! cool.
Posted by Koopin 4 years ago
Koopin
Okay, sure. I am going to loose, and I agree with you, but you seem like a fun person to debate with.
Posted by christinemarotteck 4 years ago
christinemarotteck
haha i'm sorry; so, since it's just a "fun" debate.. wanna still do it?
Posted by Koopin 4 years ago
Koopin
DaNGIT! I THOUGHT YOU WERE PRO!
Posted by christinemarotteck 4 years ago
christinemarotteck
haha thanks :) yeah, this style is kinda played off how i debate on my team--i debate at many tournaments at varsity level.
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