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purplequeen2
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InquireTruth
Con (against)
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There should be NO homework on Halloween

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 6/26/2008 Category: Education
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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purplequeen2

Pro

I believe that on Halloween teachers should not be allowed to give their students homework because Halloween and trick-or-treating is a tradition. Teachers excuse children because of religious traditions and holidays so why not Halloween. I look forward to ur debate.
InquireTruth

Con

First, I would like to thank my opponent for starting this debate: Thank you Purplequeen2. Best of luck – this should be fun.

My opponent has made the assertion that homework should not be allowed on Halloween. Starting from the beginning, it seems necessary to point out that I was befuddled by my opponents use of the word "should" in the title of the debate. As Dictionary.com defines:
Should:
Must; ought (used to indicate duty, propriety, or expediency): You should not do that.

My initial suspicion was that my opponent actually believed that homework should be prohibited on Halloween. That is, he does not merely believe that it would be nice if there were no homework on Halloween, but rather that homework should be legislatively barred from assignment on Halloween.

My suspicion was confirmed when I read this in my opponents opening argument: "I believe that on Halloween teachers should not be allowed to give their students homework…"
My opponent then creates a false dichotomy between secular and religious holidays. He makes the assumption that students are excused from homework on religious holidays but not secular. Balderdash.

Points and questions that need to be addressed by my opponent:

1. Is it true that Teachers are not allowed to assign homework on religious holidays? If so,
A. Where is the scholastic policy that mandates teachers to not assign homework on religious holidays?
B. What religious holidays are stipulated?

If this is not so,
A.Why do you find it necessary to prohibit homework on Halloween if it is not prohibited on any other holiday? Secular or otherwise.
B.Why try to limit the scholastic endeavors of a teacher by mandating a homework assignment bar?

In all my Middle School and High School years, I never remember having no homework on Ash Wednesday, or Good Friday. I typically even had homework over winter break. Easter is always on Sunday, and I can even recall doing homework on some fine Easter days (when Easter did not occur during Spring Break of course). The idea that special benefits are extended to religious holidays is simply not true. Special benefits, if any, are typically extended to federally recognized holidays - a recognition which does not extend to Halloween.
Among the eleven federally recognized holidays, only one of them is explicitly religious, and that is Christmas day.

My argument for why homework should not be barred on Halloween day:
1.It extends special benefits to a celebration that is not federally recognized - benefits that are not extended to ANY of the actual federally recognized holidays.
2.It offsets the scholastic endeavors of teachers, keeping them from requiring what may be beneficial for student learning.
3.Teachers should not be limited in the assignment of homework. While it may be nice to not have homework on Halloween, a mandatory bar is both absurd and detrimental.

Thank you for reading this debate. Now do what is proper and vote CON.
Debate Round No. 1
purplequeen2

Pro

purplequeen2 forfeited this round.
InquireTruth

Con

Extend all my previous arguments for they have yet to be refuted. Do what is just and vote Con.

InquireTruth
Debate Round No. 2
purplequeen2

Pro

purplequeen2 forfeited this round.
InquireTruth

Con

And that's a ball game game lady's and gents. My first argument was so thoroughly convincing that my opponent could do nothing else but forfeit.

Thank you all and do what is right: VOTE CON!
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by purplequeen2 9 years ago
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I am sorry InquireTruth for not being able to debate properly, my life has been busy lately. And yes i am most definately NOT a he hence QUEEN in PurpleQUEEN2!!!!!!!
Posted by Logical-Master 9 years ago
Logical-Master
Agreed. There should be no homework on halloween. Actually, screw no homework as I don't get homework (for the most part anyway). There should be no exams!!!
Posted by InquireTruth 9 years ago
InquireTruth
I referred to purplequeen2 has a HE. I'm very sorry, you most definitely are not a he.
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