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djwood
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Should Students in Public American Schools be allowed to wear hats?

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Started: 10/20/2014 Category: Education
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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UltimateThies

Pro

I believe that people students in American Public Schools should be allowed to wear hats. Many people including myself believe they should be able to express their own style, and that includes hats. People make the argument that they can hide things in them, but if they wanted to hide something, it would be very easy to put it someplace else such as their waistband, inside their shirt, or even just their pocket.
djwood

Con

While I do agree with Pro's stance that students should be allowed to express themselves, every society needs to have moral standards set in place, whether they are really useful or not. For example, most schools require students to wear somewhat modest clothes. Is this really necessary, or should students be able to "express themselves" however they see fit? Most people recognize that clothing is an important aspect of our culture, even though it really serves no logical purpose. In the same way, although not quite as extreme, taking off your hat is a sign of respect that everyone, not just students, should show when entering a public building. Moral rules such as this, while they may seem to not serve a purpose, are important to the maintainance of a successful society.
Debate Round No. 1
UltimateThies

Pro

The respect of taking off your hat might be considered a moral or social standard, but as you said, social standards often serve no logical purpose. These meaningless traditions are the things that are holding us as a society back from prospering in terms of expression and social freedom. Don't get me wrong, some social standards
Are necessary to support a structured society, but the ones that don't make sense, are the ones that need to be thrown out because they literally serve no purpose at all, and they are causing infringement of our social and even legal freedoms.
djwood

Con

While removing hats when entering school is a sign of respect to authority (such as teachers), the logical purpose of these "meaningless traditions" is irrelevent.

Also, upon what basis are we drawing the line between a useful moral standard and a useless standard? Why can't kids go to school without a shirt on? It isn't harming anyone else, so while many people will automatically throw this out as ridiculous and exaggerated, many others will see that according to their personal line of morality, it should actually be allowed. It may seem outrageous now, but that is the direction in which we are heading. Look no further than gay rights. 10 years ago, most people sided against gay rights. Now it is reverse. However, now it is the same thing with rights for polygamists. Where will it stop? There needs to be an absolute line of morality for a society to exist and thrive.

The "line of morality" varies from person to person, and therefore isn't a reliable way of determining moral structure.
Debate Round No. 2
UltimateThies

Pro

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djwood

Con

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