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Be it resolved that education is the only way out of the U.S current economic condition

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Started: 11/5/2012 Category: Economics
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i will be arguing that it is the only way out. should you accept this challenge the rules is as follows

2)valid definitions/arguments


Education may be one way to get out of our current economic situation, but it is not the ONLY way. There are many other professions out there, such as the auto industry, that can serve as revivals to the economic situation. There are also acts that can be passed by the president, such as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which has created new jobs.
Other than jobs, trading overseas is also another path to take. We can improve our labor standards and crank out more exports quickly and efficiently.
And last, another way to improve the economic situation is to fix problems in our economy, or rather make strategies to strengthen it. Examples include changes to our tax code, creating regional economic development partnerships, and creating a competitive grant program.

To end, I ask that you clarify your "education" part. Is it like school education, like middle schools or high schools? Or do you mean certain school for certain professions, like a university for architects?

Debate Round No. 1


In order to effectively debate this moot, the preposition identifies some key words in the moot to be “education”, “only” and “current”

Education is defined as

“the act or process of imparting or acquiring generalknowledge, developing the powers of reasoning andjudgment, and generally of preparing oneself or others intellectually for mature life.”

Only can be is defined as

“showing that something or someone is the best”

And current is defined as

“Belonging to the present time.”


My opponent stated that “Education may be one way to get out of our current economic situation, but it is not the ONLY way.” Now is that so? You failed to provide in valid definitions therefore by adding my definition of “only” to your statement it can then be stated as such:

“Education may be one way to get out of our current economic situation, but it is not THE BEST way out.”

My opponent how is it that you are saying that it is not the best way? Then what then is the best way? One thing you need to understand is that being educated is different from being learnt. You don’t have to go to school to be educated, the mere fact that you can identify a number, a shirt, a book, a cat, a cup, a ball etc. that my friend is education notice my definition said “acquiring GENERAL knowledge” and “DEVELOPING the powers of REASONING” you mention a few things now let us examine them.

A). Auto industry: - are you saying my opponent that those in the auto industry have no form of education? My opponent the mere fact that you can reason that the auto industry is a way that we can revive the economy, is opponent, education because you “develop the powers of reasoning” to come to such conclusion.

Others include trading overseas, American recovery and reinvestment act and fixing our problems in our economy. Now my opponent can you trade without the powers of reasoning, which indeed is education? Didn’t it take education to derive at the American recovery and reinvestment act? How is it that you are going to fix the problem if you don’t identify what the problem is? which will involve the powers of reasoning which is then education. I will explain that in detail.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>My Arguments<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

My arguments will be centered on three main points which is as such:

a) Through education one can identify what is the problem and strategies to execute a solution.
b) To every field education forms the basis of it
c) Education is a process and can curve skill or talent into a fortune.

Now that is declared let us therefore explore point (a) according to the website, an article under the heading "Major Economic Concerns Facing the United States" states "The United States is facing economic disaster on a scale few nations have ever experienced. Most people are unaware of the easily observable signs of this emerging crisis. While we persist in our superpower mentality, we have quietly become a second-class country in many respects." Now how it is that one is able to identify such a fact? Isn’t it through the powers of reasoning and acquiring general knowledge, which in fact is education? It is impossible for us to find a "way out" without first identifying the problem. The article continues in stating "We no longer manufacture what we need to sustain ourselves, we import much more than we export, and we are selling off our assets and taking on massive debts to sustain a standard of living we can no longer afford. Not only is this not the way America became a superpower but it is a sure way to lose this status." Now that we use general knowledge and the powers of reasoning which is education to identify the problem how is it that we find our way out of the problem? It is therefore by deriving at solutions and implementing those solutions. But how does one derive at a solution? Isn't it that one has to reason out a solution and the powers of reasoning is education and in order to execute a solution takes some form of education? The article continued in stating "Drastic action is needed to restore our economic and financial independence and we must begin immediately to rebuild our industries. The first essential is that our government should ensure that it is once again profitable to produce most goods and services in American factories employing American workers." Now if one believe that these strategies will stabilize the American economy and implementing them will take some form of education. Therefore I can safely say that education is "the best" way out of the U.S current economical condition.



First of all, you did not state YOUR definition of the word, "only". The title uses "only" vaguely; I assumed you meant it as "alone in kind or class, sole". As you said, "only CAN BE defined as..."; there can be more than one way to define it in your argument.
With your definition of "education", you are giving an argument that cannot be argued. Every day, every second of our lives, we are honing our powers or reasoning. I can't deny it: it's true- I can't say that we can't recognize ordinary items in our lives. With this, you are insinuating that this debate is as obvious as the fact that the sun is in the sky; I feel that this is rather abusive, as I really have very little to counter with if you state things like that.
Debate Round No. 2



My opponent that is the point of debating, due to the fact the moot use it vaguely I can define it in whatever way I choose. I shouldn’t be doing this however in debating it’s about tearing the moot a apart to suit your favor. You stated “As you said, "only CAN BE defined as...” there can be more than one way to define it in your argument.” That’s the thing, I choose to define it in that way to suit my favor and that my opponent is called semantics also in debating, you can chose to accept my definition or reject it. That is a skilled that I use to take over the debate so you cannot counter me because everything you may come with involves some form of reasoning or general knowledge. You should have started by defining the terms and you did not so you can’t blame me. I am not abusive I am using the art of semantics in this debate it seems you are new to debating I am new as well however I have develop some form of skill that can help. You can state your argument but let the better argument win



Miss-Reveur forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3


In conclusion, based on logical reasoning it can be deduce that education is the only way out of the U.S current economic condition.


Miss-Reveur forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by mr_Debater1993 5 years ago
no problem i am new as well but what i do is i read other debates and examine their formats. so i understand on your part
Posted by Miss-Reveur 5 years ago
Oh, uh, haha, I totally sort of ignored your round layout. Sorry, I'm rather new to this site (exactly one day old when typing this)... ^_^; I apologize again!
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