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Should students be able to chose there teach?

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Started: 10/16/2013 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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khayesnhs

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I think students should be able to chose there teachers because they know what teachers are helpful enough for there level and some students cooperate with teachers more than others. "The survey suggested some 87% of children feel they know what makes a good teacher" (Richardson). Students want to pass just as much as teachers want them to pass. In order for student to do good and learn more it all depends on the teacher and the way that teacher teaches. Some teachers explain things better to help students understand the concept and what there trying to teach. Other teachers will just repeat themselves which is not helping those student who dont understand whats going on. "Many students don't work well with certain teachers; Therefore, kids should be allowed to not only pick the classes they want, but to be able to choose the teacher they want. Getting along with a teacher or just in all working better with a teacher can mean higher grades and less chances of failing classes"(khoshaba). Everyone does better when they are working with teachers they like and understand. More students are liking to pass if they are allowed to chose a teacher that they work best with.
thensonnhs

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For my debate, my opponent Brianna and I are arguing the topic of education. For our first round, we are arguing whether students should be able to choose their teachers or not. Brianna is arguing for this debate, she thinks students should be able to choose their teachers, where as I am arguing against this debate, I do not think students should be able to choose their teachers. Students should not be able to choose their teachers because you do not always get that much freedom in life. If students choose their own teachers, people would be growing up to only learn from and take instruction from who they choose and that is not how life works. In life you cannot always pick and choose, you have to learn to work with everyone whether you like them personally or not and whether you like the way they teach or instruct or not. For example, what if you have a job that you have to live with or maybe even that you do enjoy, but you do not like your boss or manager. What are you going to do? Run from that job because you don't get along with your boss? No, you are going to deal with it because that is life. If you don't learn to get along from everyone and learn from any kind of instructor through school, then you are either just going to get hit hard in the real world or not be able to last in a career, because odds are you will not like everyone and you cannot just pick and choose who you work for or with.
Debate Round No. 1
khayesnhs

Pro

khayesnhs forfeited this round.
thensonnhs

Con

For round two, my opponent and I will be arguing whether schools should pass students on by age through grade levels or by academic ability. I am arguing that students should be passed on through grade levels by academic ability. When students are passed on through grades by age, children may not have necessarily accurately reached or achieved everything they should have a full knowledge of by the time they are just being passed along. Though if grade levels were run based on academic ability, there are higher chances of children being more intelligent. Children would have more time to achieve better understanding on different life choices, because they were not just passed along. "Every single student is getting an individualized education," said Hodgkins Principal Sarah Gould, who helped usher in the reform at her school two years ago. "We are giving our kids exactly what they need when they need it." (Gould). At Hodgkins Elementary in Westminster, Colorado the grade levels are based on academic level rather than age. They found this move to be highly successful. Each student has different higher abilities in different areas than others. With this movement, basing students on academic ability, students get to work slower and learn better through which level they are at with the specific subject. Other school districts have looked into this, but it rarely comes into action. Schools do want their students to graduate and move on in their lives, but they are not focusing on their actual education taking place, they are too focused on getting the students to just pass. "The time is right for a system that focuses on individual students and lets them progress at their own pace," said education researcher Robert Marzano, who is helping the district develop standards-based learning, a system that was first introduced in the 1960s. "The conversation around the country is about that like it's never been before." (Marzano). If more schools started taking this into action, it would be a very successful movement. The world would actually be a much more intelligent society, if each student was getting a more individual education.

Feyerick, Deb, and Dana Garrett. "School Teaches by Ability, Not Grade Level." CNN. Cable News Network, 15 May 2011. Web. 21 Oct. 2013. <http://www.cnn.com...;.
Debate Round No. 2
khayesnhs

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How can people think its smart to mix 18 year olds with 10 years old just because they aren't as smart as other 18 year olds. Its very dangers and could lead to inappropriate things by doing that, or even lead to young kids getting involved with bad people or bad situations because the 18 years olds there going to school with are influencing them into doing bad things. "But teachers' leaders warned there were dangers associated with mixing children of too diverse an age range"(Smithers). Teachers will have to be more aware of things going on in and out of the classroom if more age varities are around. It will be smart to keep the grade levels the way they are. By putting older kids with younger kids it could make them look and feel bad knowing all there friends are moving up and they cant because they arent smart enough. It's embarassing for olders kids to be stuck with younger kids and its just not fair. " if a 15-year-old was sent down to work with 11-year-olds that could lead to a serious loss of self-esteem and would be seen by peers as a sign of failure"(Smithers). Some people dont like others knowing they failed so they hide it, but everyone will know if they are with others who are half there age. It may cause more people to drop out, no come to school, or just give up. Making grade levels go by ability instead of age is very unfair and inappropriate, I believe it should stay the way it is right now.

Smithers, Rebecca. "School breaks tradition to teach pupils according to ability, not age." UK News. (2005): 2. the guardian. Web. 23 October, 2013.
thensonnhs

Con

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Debate Round No. 3
khayesnhs

Pro

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thensonnhs

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Debate Round No. 4
khayesnhs

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