Should Kids Be Able To Wear Their Holloween Costumes To School?
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Firstly, it is not really all that big of a distraction. Other things happen in schools such as construction, louder class-rooms, people in the hallways, noises outside which can all be said are distractions. However, kids have a way of being able to tune out these distractions and continue to work.
Secondly, wearing costumes to school is fun! Even teachers dress up and it is all done in a cheerful and humorous manner. It's nice to have a bit of fun and excitement to take the edge off stressful days filled with work and the idea of homework after school. I personally see no problem to kids dressing up for a bit of fun around the holidays, especially Halloween.
As a side note I am a high school student in Canada and I don't really know if any other school systems run differently in different countries (the USA).
Everyday distractions, like what you mentioned: construction, other students, and other noises, are all regular sounds that kids face all the time, giving them the ability to drown the sounds out. Researchers at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience and Centre for the Biology of Memory at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have discovered that the brain starts to tone out the noises that it knows and hears on a regular basis and focuses on the one thing that the brain wants to focus on. Therefore students who normally hear those noises drown them out when they are doing school work. I'm aware that students would be able to drown out the costumes, but costumes are applied with sight, not sound and sight would be a new, different distraction. In every classroom there will be some distractions, but with costumes that just pushes the boundaries and kids wont focus.
I do agree that wearing Halloween costumes to school would be fun, but the purpose of school is to learn, not to come to school with mom-made costumes.
The purpose the first school was made was to make school a safe environment for kids to get an education so that they can succeed in the real world. Kids are not learning if there things like feathers, tails, and wigs to get in the way. You never know, even though the kids would wear costumes for only one day, that one day of learning lost that could of been filled with beneficial lessons could affect some child's life. This is also why some schools have a dress code in place, to also give kids the chance to learn without the classroom distractions of someone's revealing tank top. Thus school is a place for kids to learn, not to sidetrack them with the excitement that Halloween costumes can bring.
To add on to that, if kids really want to show off their costumes to their friends why not have a Halloween school dance? That way kids wont be learning and would have some fun with their buddies.
I am a middle school student in Texas, and my school would never allow us to wear Halloween costumes because of the reasons I listed. They have a very strict dress code as it is, and costumes would just be chaos.
Second point; although I agree with you that you come to school to learn, I see no problem with learning AND having fun. You CAN do both. And another thing, I do not think that missing one day of learning will directly endanger a kids future. Kids get sick, kids now have jobs, hell, half the time kids skip school! Actually going to school and having fun while learning is something everyone wants and something everyone needs to get through the stress of life.
And may I just say I object to you saying that kids would get distracted by someone's "revealing tank top." While I would love to tear into you for that this is not what this debate is about and therefore I am dropping the subject. But I can say that if you think that is so distracting, and with the fact most schools don't have dress codes, how do you think kids learn and graduate? Just because someone may be wearing to short of a shirt does that mean all those kids are going to suddenly not concentrate on what the teacher is saying and fail? No, because kids are more mature than that. Like I've said, give them more credit, they aren't stupid.
To top that off, let me give you an example. At my school there is no dress code and they are really not strict at all with what you wear (Maybe it's because I live in Canada, and not the States?) and a lot of people there wear very short-shorts and tank tops, so you can even see the girls bras. If what you say is true then most, if not all, of the students at my school should be distracted all the time and then fail. I see no logic in your argument for that.
As for the Halloween dance, let me ask. Who is going to pay for this? Who is going to clean it up? Does the school have enough money for this? There is a lot of work involved to throw a dance and some schools simply just don't have the money to pull it off.
A last point: Say a day leading up to Halloween (when people would wear costumes) can you honestly say all the kids are even paying attention? With the excitement of a holiday right in front of them I would be surprised if you can say they have 100% of their attention focused on school-work. Even adults would find it difficult not to be slightly distracted with that anticipation of fun. Also with that, a lot of kids are going to go out and party on holidays like Halloween, and they are probably going to get drunk and be stupid. And so I highly doubt many would even show up to school the next day.
Sorry about that last point, it really was less of a point and more of something to think about, regarding this debate.
Madipony2000 forfeited this round.
Since my opponent has forfeited the last round I can't rebuttal his last case. So, I'll just draw this debate to a close and hope you vote pro!
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