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A very good morning I bid to the distinguished adjudicators, the ever so meticulous time keepers, my comrades of the government team, my respectable adversaries of the opposition team, and members of the floor. Our motion for today is ‘This house believes that punishing parents for teenager’s crimes will solve social problems’.

Let me define word for word, for our motion for today. Punish- inflict a penalty or sanction on (someone) as retribution for an offense, especially a transgression of a legal or moral code. Parents- A mother or father of a person. Crime-an action or omission that constitutes an offense that may be prosecuted by the state and is punishable by law.

A social problem is a condition that people in a community view as being undesirable. In a nutshell, our motion for today is defined as ‘Inflicting penalty on a teenager’s mother or father for their offense will solve social problems’.

BeforeI inititate my move on this metaphorical chessboard, allow me to specify my role, and that of my team. Our 2nd speaker Seet, the bishop will introduce two arguments under the keyword ‘Parents take up their responsibility better’ and ‘Adolescents will be more restrained in their behaviour’.

Our 3rd speaker Aaron Yong, the knight will bypass enemy lines to rebut, rebut and rebut all of the makeshift and lackadaisical arguments presented by the black chess pieces of the opposition team. I, 1stspeaker, Akaasyah as the rook, will perform a frontal assault to expose enemy opposition defense weakpoints. Mate in 3. Rook to A7.

‘Responsibility is not a matter of who to point the finger at, but who to look for a solution’.The purpose of inflicting penalty to parents for their teenage son/daughter offense, is to look for a solution. Parents being considered responsible doesn’t prevent the teenager from developing their own sense of responsibility.

Rather, it is a recognition that this is a gradual process which the parents has authority, and with that authority comes responsibility.Instead of interpreting parental responsibility as being exclusive to just childhood responsibility, it is more accurate to think of it as being hierarchical.

Society holds the parents responsible and the parents holds the child responsible.Thus, the adolescent learns to learn from his mistakes in a controlled environment, rather than being tossed to the wolves of public scrutiny. For an adolescent or teenager to learn from his mistakes, the parents must first behave responsibly and learn from their own mistake of their failure to upbring their son/daughter correctly.

Even when it is not a failure, it is still upon the parents to rectify the situation through additional teaching. It is the parent’s primary responsibility to teach their children to make sensible decisions, and even if the parents is not ‘at fault’ for a specific problem,

the parent should still be held responsible as a matter of fixing any problem that arises, to prevent it from happening in the near future.For example, a social problem such as illegal racing like motorcycle racing is famous between teenagers nowadays, and where do teenagers of today obtain the motorcycle? From their parents of course.

If the authority aims the parents responsible, the motorcycle may be compounded and parents will take further precautions to ensure that their teenage son/daughter whereabouts are known and that they don’t commit the same crime any longer.

But such actions also holds the parent his liability forthe teenager’s actions. So it is righteous to punish parents for teenagers’crimes as they are also responsible and have legal duty to report such crime tothe authority.

Punishing parents for teenagers’ crimes could mean paying fines, court fees, increase participation in juvenile proceedings, and participation in community service with child. Teenagers often commit crime as rebellious action to alienate themselves over the problematic issues that occur in their family like alcoholism and financial abuse.

Thus, the positive consequences of punishing parents could bea potential solution by raising the awareness of parental care andconsideration over their teenage child actions, and thus it will decrease the teenagers’ likeliness to assert their defiant attitude in commiting crime in the future.

Before I take my seat, allow me to once again reaffirm,reiterate, and reinforce my stand that we as the government team, strongly concur with the motion for today and we strongly believe that punishing parents for teenagers’ crimes will solve social problem. I now hand over the chessboard to the opposition team. Your move.

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