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ShortPeopleUnite
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Smartwalias
Con (against)

Should "flash passes" be used in schools?

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Started: 4/11/2018 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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ShortPeopleUnite

Pro

A "flash pass" is a pass that can be used for students with anxiety. When the student is in a particularly triggering situation, the student can show the pass to the teacher and leave class, generally to go to the counseling office or the library. These passes can be used to avoid anxiety attacks in school, and the student is given the liberty to know what to do with their situation. This pass can also be added to schools along with more mental health awareness so that teachers know more about what to do when confronted with a situation that may trigger an anxiety attack.
Smartwalias

Con

I am Smartwalias and I will be debating that flash passes should not be used in school (con side). I agree with the Affirmation's definition. Though a flash pass gives students a break, it disrupts the class and the teacher. In addition, students may be able to use these "passes" to skip class time, which would result in trouble for the student and more work for the teacher. Students that use the pass and come back later may miss important instructions given to the rest of the students, which may make them even more nervous. To conclude, "flash passes" should not be used in school for reasons such as: disruption of teaching, skipping class, and missed work.
Debate Round No. 1
ShortPeopleUnite

Pro

First of all, I would like to thank you for coming to debate with me. While it is true, the flash pass can be abused, it is the student's responsibility to make up for any missed work as a regular duty of a student. The student will be expected to either report to the library or counseling office, giving them little room to use it incorrectly. The teacher or a classmate may walk the student to either of the rooms to make sure they are not skipping class. The student will have to use it in a way that it does not disturb the class, such as when the class is doing some work or the teacher is checking something. Making up for missed important instructions is the student's responsibility, but they can ask the teacher or a student for the instructions. There can indeed be events where the student is not allowed to use a pass, such as required tests like SAT for high school or PARCC for middle and elementary schools in some regions. The student may be more nervous upon return because of missed work, but it is likely for there to be at least a couple of students nice enough to give them instructions. However, the student may actually be calmer upon return because of the activities they did outside of class subsequent to using the pass. They may have read something calming in the library, or the counseling office would send them somewhere to have some "alone time." In conclusion, flash passes should be used with some rules to ensure the student's wellness in school.
Smartwalias

Con

Thank you for thanking me. If students are "nervous" and use a flash pass to walk outside, you suggested to have a fellow peer accompany that student. But won't the chaperone student also be distracted? Couldn't the student, on the way back, skip class? And what if the student in question is an irresponsible/misbehaving one? Do you expect them to really finish their work, or just... skip class? With two or more students leaving a room during instructional time, there is bound to be some sort of chaos or distraction which will result in more work for the teacher. Plus, in high school and middle school students may be grumpy or hostile toward students with special needs. Flash passes can make students that use them feel left out because they might think that, by using the pass, they are calling themselves "losers" or "mental kids". Other students might also want to take the flash pass users to the counseling room, just to skip even a few minutes of class. No one's there to stop them, right? In conclusion, and for all these reasons and many more, I strongly urge a vote for the negation.
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