The Instigator
JoJo081000
Pro (for)
The Contender
Daniel2221
Con (against)

BSL to be taught in all British Primary and Secondary Schools

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Started: 7/30/2018 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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JoJo081000

Pro

Like the other Language"s such as Spanish, German & French, Sign Langauge is also just as important. Deaf people should not be singled out just because people cannot communicate with them.

According to the British Deaf Association there are approximately 9 million Deaf or Hard of Hearing people in the UK, This is 2250 million people in each UK country. The deaf community grows bigger every year with more hearing parents having profoundly deaf children.

It"s not just sign language that should be taught there should deaf culture as well. This gives the pupils a great sense of understanding and they will be willing to help their peers more if they have a hearing impairment.
Daniel2221

Con

While it's true that 9 million people in the UK have a hearing impairment only 0. 07 of the UK population uses BSL as their preferred language. Another 6. 5 million of those people are older than 60 years and we know that hearing loss increases with age, So this phenomenon is perfectly normal, Also most of the people who have acquired deafness don't use BSL.

I also agree that people should be aware of and understand the problems of someone with a hearing impairment but teaching deaf culture in schools when only 0. 07 of the population uses BSL is unrealistic and almost useless.
Debate Round No. 1
JoJo081000

Pro

According to the British Deaf Association there are a total of 151, 000 people who use BSL. Your first argument is invalid as I"m arguing for children that use BSL, Not adults. Currently there are 23, 000 deaf children in the UK, 90% of these children (20, 700 children) are born to Hearing parents.

So tell me this, How come If 90% of deaf children are born to Hearing parents and there is 23, 000 deaf children in the UK how is it not a good idea to teach BSL in schools?
Daniel2221

Con

In the UK there are 24, 372 schools, 8. 2 milion kids learning at these schools and as you pointed out there are 23, 000 deaf children. This means that there is less than one deaf children per schools, I know that some schools might have more children with hearing problems but as statistics show this is not likely the case.
We're also talkig about 0. 28% born deaf children out of all children age 0-15. This concludes that most people will not even meet or less likely need to have a conversation with a deaf person so teaching them BSL from an early age is not going to be usefull to the kid as learning a new language like spanish wich is spoken by many milions of people in many countries.
Debate Round No. 2
JoJo081000

Pro

Again your argument is invalid. The British Deaf Community is growing year by year. How can you argue that BSL is not a useful thing to learn? Also bearing in mind that children may be born to deaf parents.

What useful things to children get taught in school that they will actually value for the rest of their lifetime? I can"t think of anything if I"m honest.
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