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Improved Mental Health Leads to Better Grades

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Started: 9/13/2018 Category: Society
Updated: 2 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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10716

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It can be made apparent in almost any situation (especially school), Better mental health leads to better results. In a school environment students must manifest their own motivation to study and get good grades, Develop good study habits, Receive constructive criticism and more, Which can only be developed and maintained if students are looking after their mental health. It"s no secret that students have felt an increase in pressure in school, As "Kognito"s annual report on student"s mental health states that the suicide rate among people 15"24 years of age has tripled since the 1950"s, And 95% of school administrators agree that mental health is a significant issue at their institutions. Students surveyed in this report said that students who experience depression, Anxiety and other psychological disorders perform more poorly in class, And those who are depressed and anxious are also more likely to be absent, Take semesters off, And/or drop out of school.
DL13090

Con

The previous argument mentioned pressure. Good grades is determined by the work ethic of a student and how determined they choose to be. What is keeping students from getting good grades is that some also participate in external activities such as sports (soccer, Basketball, Football) or performing and visual arts (music, Dancing, Drawing, Painting etc. ) Those who obtain bad grades don't or can't put the effort into their studies. They may have a learning disability, For example, Dyslexia (which is neurologically-based). Their lives outside of school is busy so they may not make time to schedule in homework or study for exams. Young students may also have a part time job along with their schooling and daily activities. They may have to work for family businesses or work to save up money. Students who are from a low socioeconomic areas may not have the financial stability to be able to buy school books or have the access to the internet which enables them to have the materials that can assist in their learning to increase chances of better grades.
Debate Round No. 1
10716

Pro

The contender does mention a valid point in mentioning the stresses a disability can have, But forgets that disabilities are neurological, And are commonly assisted in their learning, Whereas people with depression or other mental illnesses are dismissed as being 'lazy'. Despite the oppositions efforts to claim otherwise, The facts are clear. "Boston University of Health Sciences" states that students with poor mental health will most likely experience inabilities to do tasks such as: screen out environmental stimuli, Concentrate & may have a lack of stamina, Even though they may have anxiety which causes them to stress about the work, Whilst feeling that they aren"t capable of doing it. They may also have difficulty handling time pressures and multiple tasks, Interacting with others and handling negative feedback. An excerpt from the colleges" website says "Children who are mentally healthy learn better and achieve more, Are motivated, Committed, Have positive relationships and are better able to meet life"s challenges". It cannot be dismissed any more. Mental disorders are brain disorders & students must receive support as the stress of school continually increases, To ensure not just better results, But mental and emotional stability as well.
DL13090

Con

The opposition states that students with mental health issues are regarded as lazy, This is not just the case. School grades that are being affected can be a variety of reasons, Home life, Social life or as simple as knowing that a school assignment is due and not completing it. Good grades is determined by someone's level of intelligence. However, Students rather spend their time on computers, Phones or playing video games. Technology has and will continue to be a large influence on students as it is used in schools and learning. A lot of time is spent on electronic devices by browsing the Internet or posting on social media. The Internet is an influence as to why students comprehend things less and their level of IQ deteriorates. According to source, "Psychology today" states that by taking away the Internet leaves everyone who uses it as smart as a 7 year old child. This exposes us to intellectual vulnerability. By today's standard IQ tests, Students would be classified as gifted compared to those from the 1950s. This is in terms of having fluid intelligence or the ability to process complex information quickly and effectively. Thus links that having good mental health doesn't result in good grades but by occupying a students spare time with technology and the students choice to focus their attention on it, Is letting them learn to rely on it over studying and earning high marks.
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