Teachers should be allowed to show affection to students
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The second problem with showing affection to kids or teens on an individual basis is that the teacher has to remember to respect cultural boundaries and other problems that kids in the classroom have such as being borderline autistic and therefore not enjoying being touched. For example, in the Vietnamese culture it is a sign of disrespect to pat a kid on the head, even in a nice, loving way. Also, not everyone likes hugs. The children or teenagers should not be made uncomfortable by a teacher that likes to hug. It is very awkward for some students to receive a hug from a teacher who is in a position of authority over them. The teacher may be friendly, but the teacher is not your equal, like a friend of the same age. For example, there is a famous Math teacher in Los Angeles, CA that high fives the teenagers in a line when they all do well on a test. The kids seem to enjoy that. There is another famous high school teacher from San Francisco, CA that says hello to every teen as they walk into his classroom and he is very funny. The kids love him. He has won teacher of the year multiple times. That is the type of socially acceptable affection that is rewarded in the United States of America in the 21st century.
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Reasons for voting decision: Both sides arguments were unclear but as Con didn't counter the arguments made by Pro and seems to agree the points raised by his opponent, I'm awarding argument points to Pro.
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