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Should parents allow their children to choose their own careers

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Started: 10/17/2011 Category: Society
Updated: 6 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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I'm for the motion.....
Yes, Parents should allow their children to choose their career because they know well in which field they are good.


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Debate Round No. 1


I believe that everyone has the right to choose what they wish to do with their lives. Different people enjoy different things, and your job should honestly be something you love. If not, then you are definitely in the wrong field.
And this is highlighted by the film released in 2010 - 3 idiots.
Parents should always want their children best and for this they have to be supportive and have to give advice to their children for their career. They don't have to force them for anything.


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Resolved: parents should allow their children to choose their career on their own.

First, some definitions:

Children- A young human being below the age of full physical development or below the legal age of majority (18).

Parents- A legal guardian to children

Career- An occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person's life and with opportunities for progress.


My opponent has the burden of proving that it would be in the best interest for the children if we let them choose whatever career they wanted to without the consent of their parents.

Folks, we hear children all the time talking about what they want to be when they grow up. An astronaut, the President, a pirate to name a few examples. Children are ambitious. What they want to do with their lives changes all the time. How does it change you ask? Influence by the media. It is sad yet true that the media and what children watch these days are filled with drugs, sex, and rock & roll. And if the TV show itself is not filled with drugs, sex, and rock & roll, than the actors and actresses in such shows are. Such examples of this are The Jersey Shore, 16 and Pregnant, or Zoey 101. And it is not just TV shows. It is the products that children are given. Dolls, for instance, portray skinny gorgeous girls in slutty outfits. The company "Monster High Dolls", for instance. In my sources I will put a link to an example. Some doll companies now even sell the clothing that their dolls wear in larger sizes so that children can wear them. Lace, fishnets, and lipstick. Children will see these television shows, movies, advertisements, and products and want to be just like the people portrayed in them. The media's values are low, so children's will as well. These traits and morals will stick with children until they are able to get a career. As my opponent says, children want careers that include doing things that they enjoy. Inevitably, they will grow up to want jobs such as prostitution. In Asia, where control on what a child does with his or her life is limited, child prostitution is at an all time high. According to Wikipedia, In Thailand specifically, Children make up 40% of the prostitutes in said country. In India, it is estimated that 1.2 million children are involved in prostitution. In Indonesia, UNICEF estimates that 30% of the female prostitutes are below 18.
In Sri Lanka, there are nearly 40,000 child prostitutes, according to UNICEF and ILO.
In the Philippines, there are 60,000 to 100,000 prostituted children, according to UNICEF and non-governmental organisations.
In Nepal, according to research conducted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) on 440 prostitutes from Kathmandu, approximately 30% of them were found to be children.
In Bangladesh, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) estimated in 2004 that there were 10,000 underage girls used in commercial sexual exploitation in the country, but other estimates placed the figure as high as 29,000.
There are estimated to be at least 70,000 prostitutes in Vietnam, and 20,000 of these are children.
As you can see, we obviously need parents to help decide what career their children decide to take-up. It is not just prostitution, There is rise in gangs, theft, and murder. We need to teach our children values, then perhaps they can make a decision independently.

May I also point out that the film my opponent mentions, 3 idiots, is a comedy about "Two friends embark on a quest for a lost buddy. On this journey, they encounter a long forgotten bet, a wedding they must crash, and a funeral that goes impossibly out of control." according to IMDB and I do not see how in anyway how that ties in with this debate unless she thinks that children should be able to crash weddings as they please.

In conclusion, Children are naive and need the input of their parents to decide what job they should take up. And if they want to do something terrible with their lives such as prostitution or murdering people for money, than it is the parents responsibility to decide on a real job for them. The con believes that children should do whatever they want to with their lives as long as it is something that they love, even if that includes having sex with strangers, robbing people, or being a mafia wife; and that these children's parents should support what they want to do.

Debate Round No. 2


My knowledgeable opponent have you ever seen this film - 3 idiots. It's a comedy film I agree, but not only to make film humorous but also to make youth to understand. And it totally depends on career.
Career is much more that having a job or earning a living. It is a series of roles played by a person.

In a career you can feel that your abilities are being properly used, that the work is worth doing, that it is interesting. It is necessary that a person must make his or her own career choice so that one can choose what matches with their ability, their values and interests in life.

Talking of parents making career choice for their children is unacceptable. It is disastrous to choose for a child what he does not have the ability to do just because it carries a big name.
My worthy opponent let us remember that the level of children we address in this talk are not infants but adolescents. To be precise our focus is on teenagers, or children in secondary school. Although they are still dependents, they have gained enough experience from their schooling and from our society to make their own career choice.

Children in secondary school know their areas of best performance and interest. This is a good guide for choosing a career. Their experience and tests in variety of subjects they learnt at school help them to assess their ability. The career choice of a student who performs very well in Arts subjects or Social sciences but poorly in natural sciences cannot be the medical profession. His experience with these subjects indicate that his career choice should be in the Arts or in the social sciences.

Some children want to do something terrible with their lives such as prostitution or murdering people for money. It's not the possible reason for con because to make bad company, to do something wrong, it's only the child's fault, and parents should care their children. And caring means not to force for anything, just make sure that the child should understand you and do what you want.

And at last but not the least....
Old men can make war, but it is children who will make history.
So children need only a chance to gleam a hope to make a history, to make world a better sight............


fergie1 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3


Parents know more as they have seen the world. They know more as they have seen life more whereas children know more about the latest trend. Parents should allow their child to follow his or her dream but if they know that the career which they are choosing won't be a bright future then they should not allow it. They can choose a substitute for it. For example, painting and all other related won't give you a very high payoffs. If you want to waste your life as a drawing or craft teacher then the matter is different. In the future when you see your friend earning lots and you in penny, you will feel bad. So parents should not leave the entire decision on children.
Parents should give guidance to their children when they need. So children should allow to choose their career with their parents proper guidance.


fergie1 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by sadolite 7 years ago
UM, doesn't the age of 18 render this whole debate moot.
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