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FallingInTooDeep
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republicofdhar
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should schools allow their students to do whatever they want with their hair?

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republicofdhar
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 7/19/2015 Category: Education
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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FallingInTooDeep

Pro

I think students should be allowed to do whatever they want to do with their hair, like styling it, colouring it, cutting it, shaving it ext. I don't think schools should control how you look.
republicofdhar

Con

Thank you for instigating this very interesting debate. The way I see it, my opponent asks the question: "Should schools have a say in the appearance of their students?" but with a particular emphasis on hair length and style.

(a) The students represent the school

As an institution of formal learning, a school is committed to maintaining a positive image. It would reflect very poorly on the school if its students came across as unruly, messy or unpresentable because these are qualities one expects a school to instil.

(b) Equality and school spirit

Most schools accept students of different races, social classes and economic backgrounds regardless. In doing so, they make a commitment to treat every student equally. Students of less privileged economic backgrounds cannot afford to get their hair done as well or often as students from more privileged backgrounds. In order to avoid a situation where such students are left out socially for such a frivolous reason, schools are justified in implementing restrictions on hair length and style.

(c) It mirrors professional and uniformed work

Professionals (doctors, lawyers, bankers etc.), people working in offices, and members of the uniformed services (armed forces, police force) are but 3 examples of career paths that require an attention to presentability and neat personal appearance. Since personal appearance is an important part of a successful career, a school is justified in ensuring that their students have a habit of looking presentable.

These are but three points to justify a school's control over hair length and style. I'm looking forward to my opponent's response.
Debate Round No. 1
FallingInTooDeep

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Debate Round No. 2
FallingInTooDeep

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Debate Round No. 3
FallingInTooDeep

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Debate Round No. 4
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Vote Placed by Sarai.K82 1 year ago
Sarai.K82
FallingInTooDeeprepublicofdharTied
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Reasons for voting decision: I agreed with con initially, because the scope "whatever they want" was so broad. Conduct was essentially tied, unless you took away points for forfeiting, which I did not. Pro's spelling and grammar wasn't bad, but I found con's stronger overall. Con certainly made more convincing arguments in particular given pro's forfeit.