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TeenPTV
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ManofFewWords
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Schools keep kids from reaching their full potential for the sake of keeping age groups together

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Started: 4/19/2014 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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TeenPTV

Pro

First Round will be to accept the debate
Second Round will be opening statements
Third Round will be rebuttals
Fourth Round will be closing statements

The debate is whether schools prevent students from achieving their full potential just so that students are kept in similar age groups.

I agree that schools do this
ManofFewWords

Con

*Enters debate with epic theme tune playing*
Debate Round No. 1
TeenPTV

Pro

Schools keep kids from fully reaching their potential by attempting to cater to the average.

First of all, standards have been lowered substantially. The typical 8-point grading system has been substituted for a 10 point system. This discourages work effort. If you put in just enough work to get a 90 and still are rewarded as much as a person who spends more time studying trying to achieve a 95- 100 then where is the encouragement to do better?

Teachers also have no motivation to push their students. They will be paid at the end of the month regardless of test scores and pass/fail rate.

Teacher's are in demand which means incompetent ones stay in their position. Unless kids can prove that the teachers are doing something illegal in the classroom these teachers cannot be removed. Guidance counselors then move kids who object to a poor teacher into lower classes (AP->Honors or Honors->Regular) or overcrowd a better teachers room with more kids, limiting the better teacher's effectiveness.

The kicker is the school system is not fixing these faulty systems. They'd rather lower their standards and degrade the learning environment than fix the underlying problem. This holds children from succeeding because their knowledge is based on the teacher in question.
ManofFewWords

Con

ManofFewWords forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
TeenPTV

Pro

My opponent's account has been shut down, thus this debate and rebuttal period is pointless. Please do not vote for him out of spite.
ManofFewWords

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ManofFewWords forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
TeenPTV

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ManofFewWords

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Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by TeenPTV 3 years ago
TeenPTV
That is a shame... Im crafting my opening statement as we speak.
Posted by Ozzyhead 3 years ago
Ozzyhead
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