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locknlo_d86
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Should students be able to choose what topics they want to learn in school?

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Started: 10/7/2015 Category: Education
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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silar

Con

I think students shouldn't be able to choose the topics they want to learn in school because kids don't have the capability to select what really they want or must choose for their live. In the other hand since the world is world students haven't been able to decide what is good or bad by them.
locknlo_d86

Pro

A person's future and career is dependent on the choices they make, and a huge part of this path is influenced by their education. Though a child may not possess the decisive ability to best select the subjects that can help build their educational foundation upon, and thus this is why it is important for subjects to be pre-selected for a child, however up to a certain age a student will have become intellectual enough to make choices for themselves. Some may have a better idea of where they want to go, academic and career wise, at an earlier age and others may initially choose subjects they thought to have interest in and discover it is not right for them which leads them to choose something different that they end up enjoying. By restricting students from making these vital choices they will not be able to freely choose the subjects they wish to develop and hone their knowledge and skills in, which can hinder their career pathway. When a student of age and intellect can choose what is best for them, and yet is restricted from that choice, the student will then be less engaged with the subject because they don't enjoy it. If the lack of engagement becomes prolonged, then the student will become discouraged and completely disengage with schooling altogether, and, at a stage that is too early.

For a student to be able to make choices, such as subjects, and bear consequences of those choices is an important learning opportunity in itself. It is a life skill. It allows the student to learn that they need to make choices for themselves and bear responsibility for the consequence. This is the person will then enter at the end of their schooling life.
Debate Round No. 1
silar

Con

I see your point, but as you can know two of each ten or maybe more children are mature enough to choose what they really want or need for the future. If you ask me, "Is it good and important for the children to take decisions?" and I'm going to tell you "Yes, it's very important for them". However, what will happen with the other children that can not select, tell me what they are going to do. I know they will choose wrong if we let them choose for themselves. That's why I think children shouldn't be able to choose what topics they want to learn in school, considering that some children can choose.
locknlo_d86

Pro

The argument is whether students at school should be allowed to choose their subjects. Schools include university. It would be ridiculous to imagine that students who enter into university are still required to have their subjects chosen for them. Therefore, I make the same point in my argument, that students, after a certain age, should be allowed to choose their subjects.

However, it seems your arguments are focussed on the topic of students in between 6 - 18 years of age. The definition of children may need to be clarified. Taking the definition of school age children (6 years to 12 years) from the "Child Development Institute" as found on http://childdevelopmentinfo.com..., it is agreed upon that these ages are definitely not suitable ages to choose and select subjects. Even well into 15 years of age, subjects should be preselected. However, at some point beyond those ages, the student begins to yearn for a sense of independence and development of their own identity. By allowing them to choose their subjects, schools can encourage this development of independence and identity. Otherwise, as made clear in the previous, more students will then lose hope in the education system, because their need for freedom and choice has been unmet and thus disengage leading to more drop outs. It should be noted, that the student in school is not just learning the subject itself, the student is learning how to learn. The student is learning ways and methods in which to keep and retain information, learning ways to understand things better, adapting to different styles of learning. Students that are disengaged and discouraged from school too early, will then lose this learning opportunity which is so helpful for them when they come out into society.

To give students of age the choice to choose subjects , does not mean schools can then completely disengage with the student's selection of subjects. Schools, and parents alike, should be responsible in connecting and engaging with students to inform them about the subjects as much as possible, i.e. why the subject is important, what they can expect to learn, what the subjects can lead them to in terms of future careers. In that way, students are making well informed decisions, and not uneducated about their choices.

Schools can also have programmes where students who can begin to decide their subjects are to (for example out of 6 or 7 subjects) choose at least one subject in each category of study i.e. Science (which includes biology, chemistry, physics e.t.c), Maths (which includes statistics, calculus e.t.c.), Arts (which includes Music, Fine Arts, Photography, Performing Arts e.t.c.), Business studies (Economics, accounting e.t.c.). In this way, the student is allowed the degree of choice and selection of subjects, while the student also continues to learn in a wide discipline of studies. Therefore, if student loves art, they may choose more subjects in the art category, but will still continue to learn in science and mathematics.
Debate Round No. 2
silar

Con

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locknlo_d86

Pro

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by GoOrDin 1 year ago
GoOrDin
what grades?
Posted by mrPrime 1 year ago
mrPrime
if you're talking about grade school, this is stupid.
If you're referring to college (and to a much lesser extent, some high schools)... we already do...
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