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Mr_Sworgon7098
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pattywyatt31
Con (against)

Should Tablets Replace Textbooks?

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Started: 11/9/2016 Category: Education
Updated: 2 weeks ago Status: Debating Period
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Mr_Sworgon7098

Pro

Tablets should replace textbooks because the weight of the textbooks can stunt growing in people who are still in school. Also tablets take away the need for backpacks and lugging around needless weight.
pattywyatt31

Con

Before beginning, when referring to school, does one mean the America education K-12? Although tablets may take away the need for backpacks and heavy textbooks, it also creates distractions. An adult may be able to resist the temptation to surf Facebook, play games, and other non academic things, a student K-12 might not. Textbooks, however, do not have this temptation.
Also tablets are a high value item and have a higher risk of being stolen, whereas very rarely does someone steal a textbook.
Is one able to elaborate on how backpacks stunt growth?
Debate Round No. 1
Mr_Sworgon7098

Pro

Let me first address the last question. " "Carrying very heavy backpacks can lead to musculoskeletal problems, especially if children carry the bag on one shoulder. It puts extra pressure on one side, tilting the spine," says Dr Zinal." http://www.thehealthsite.com...
Secondly lets keep the argument on American education K-12.
Teachers have the capabilities to limit what a child can do over the internet on the tablets due to certain programs. Thus eliminating the distraction. Also even though tablets are high value item and have a higher risk of being stolen, certain tablets can be tracked by their serial numbers.
pattywyatt31

Con

Thank you for clarification. Although teachers may have the ability to limit what a child can do on the internet, they are not able to eliminate distractions (eliminate meaning completely remove or get rid of). There are far too many apps, games, and programs for each one to be censored or banned.
Also would the students or school system supply the tablets?
If the schools are supplying the tablets... Although textbooks are fairly expensive, in comparison, tablets are even more so. And not only is the tablet more expensive than a textbook, it is also more fragile and while a textbook may be used for many years, the tablet is at a higher risk to be destroyed before it can be passed on to the next student.
Also would homework that is assigned have to be done on the tablet at home? Or would the tablets strictly stay at school?
Debate Round No. 2
Mr_Sworgon7098

Pro

Even though there are many programs there is a way to block a specific genre. Many schools already have blocks for sites like YouTube or Facebook, etc. You can also remotely set up the tablets with multiple accounts with current restrictions for downloading said programs, on top of having the downloading passwords that the administration can control.
The schools would pay for the tablets using the money they receive from the government. And although the tablets are expensive they would save money in the long run because they can automatically update instead of having to use even more money to continue to print out new copies of the books every few years. Also getting to your point on the tablets being fragile. I think that only those in high school should receive a tablet after they have signed a permission form with their parents signature stating that the tablets would be treated with care out of school and be held liable for damages. Otherwise the tablets would stay at school.
The homework could also be assessed by a computer at the students home or in some cases in paper form to those that either cannot be trusted with a tablet or are unable to access computers.
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Posted by dquick 2 weeks ago
dquick
Read this and then ask yourself the same question!

http://www.bbc.com...

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I say no thank you, I'll stick with my books!
Posted by Lollyholly 2 weeks ago
Lollyholly
WHATTT??
NO WAY!
What I think is tablets should never ever replace with notebooks. What do u guys want that we should become more lazier n lazier, huh? Technology has a major role of loss in our lives. If tablets would be even use instead of our notebooks so then what about our writing skills? Think about it. I don't think that notebook is making a loss in our life. So lets just play safe. Don't be a technology sucker. Please.
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