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al high schools in the USA should allow students to bring/use cellphones in school

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/28/2013 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 717 times Debate No: 43055
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Con

CONTENTION: students should not be allowed to bring/use their cellphones in school because this would be a distraction from school work.
EVIDENCE: it is a trend now for teens to have all kinds of social media. Especially on their cellphones. On my personal cellphone i get texts, calls, notifications, emails etc all day. and with that, it will cause a distraction because students will be on their phone while in classes taking calls, texting, checking social media etc.
IMPACT: having phones in school will cause students to be too busy with whats on their phone to be busy with school work and that will cause low test scores, bad grades etc.
MassiveDump

Pro

My opponent's contention is that students should not be allowed to bring OR use their cellphones in school because it will be a distraction. I will be arguing that while using a cellphone in school is a distraction, bringing one and keeping it on silent causes no harm, and on the contrary, can be beneficial, and should therefore be allowed.

First and most importantly, my opponent labels here argument with a thing called "evidence," which she later does not present. The only evidence shown in her argument is that of her own personal experience, which ultimately, she says, proves cellphones are a distraction.

Secondly, my opponent presents the impact that using cellphones will lead to low scores and bad grades. Which leads to what? A few irresponsible students getting bad grades because of their own decisions. That is not an impact. In impact is total war, a ten trillion dollar deficit, or even a zombie apocalypse. My opponent does not present an impact, but rather an opportunity to speed up natural selection, supporting the Pro cause.

A disadvantage to my opponent's case that should be noted is the case of an emergency situation. Imagine Omar for a moment. Omar has asthma, which could strike at any random moment. One day, Omar excuses himself to go to the bathroom during class, but leaves his inhaler in his backpack. While in the bathroom, Omar has an asthma attack. Thanks to Con, Omar can't call 911 to save his life. Omar dies in the bathroom. Anything can happen. It's important that students have access to communication when it does.


In short,

>Con has not proven that children using their cellphones will lead to any major impact.
>Con did not argue at all that bringing a silenced cellphone to school would lead to so much as a minior problem
>Emergency situations dictate that students should have a phone handy for any instance.
>Con's evidence wasn't even an appeal to emotion or logic. It was just a fact from her own personal experience.

Therefore, all high schools in the U.S. should at least allow students to bring a silenced, non-distracting phone with them to school

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Debate Round No. 1
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Posted by Roxainne 3 years ago
Roxainne
Yes phones should be allowe because if there is an emergency, who would w call. What if the school's phone line is ou, what will the children do then ? And by the time you hit 7th grade you should have a phone
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Vote Placed by KingDebater 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro's arguments were sound, children should be able to bring in their cell phones to save everyone's lives.
Vote Placed by iamanatheistandthisiswhy 3 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Both arguments lacked evidence for findings and while I feel for Omar that is still not a solid argument but a plea, so no points. Pro had better spelling, Con needs to remember capital letters at the beginning of sentences. No sources were cited by either debater and so no points. Conduct is difficult to choose in a one round debate and so I give that as a tie.