Date: Friday, July 24th 2015
Participants (from 7 countries):
Japan: Seikiko, Miho | Bangladesh: Riya, Dilowar | India: Sunita | Tunisia: Marwa | Vietnam: Kelly | Argentina: Eliana, Johny | USA: Rick
Panel PRO: Miho, Dilowar, Sunita, Riya
Panel CON: Marwa, Rick, Kelly
AUDIENCE: Eliana, Sekiko
Panel PRO summary:
- Children often need some level of competition to develop their general skills and knowledge.
- A Child can share more things about himself/herself if he or she has siblings.
- A large family could provide more security to the toddlers and young members.
- Having more members can increase the family income helping the family’s economy.
- With more family members, the bond becomes stronger, they all can help each other and a kid can learn good morals and values and using it as an adult to help society.
- There is more joy when you have more family members.
- When parents become busy, if there is an only-child kid, he or she may feel very lonely.
- Having more members in the family would allow the children to socialize and may learn more about being a better member of the society.
- It’s crucial for children to grow up in a large family.
- Laws focused on reducing population may not be as good as it intends to.
- Fewer members provide fewer opportunities for the elder members of the family to find protection and care.
- In some societies, where the children are expected to help care for family members as they age, if there are more children, they can share this responsibility
Panel CON summary:
- Having fewer children provides better education possibilities.
- Having fewer children allows parents to have more money to sustain the household.
- Countries with population problems, can’t afford having large families, as this can increase poverty and a welfare state.
- Siblings are important but, as a single child, you can use a network of friends and people for having good relationships and learn the same things.
- The parents shall have the responsibility to teach values, not siblings.
- You can still have people around you to learn good values and good morals.
- Loneliness is a state of mind; you can approach the issue in other ways and still find happiness and support in other people not necessarily by having a large family.
- You can still establish meaningful relationships with people who are not necessarily related by blood.
- Having a child is a completely separate issue, and it will not necessarily mean the child nor will the parents have healthy or happy lives.
- Having stronger bond between siblings or relatives may not be due to the blood link, it is more about personality of each person.
- Our future may not be tied on having or not having a big family, because our future would depend more on a wife or husband and not so much on your siblings or parents.
- Quality is more important than quantity; having less children would mean the child would get more love, attention, education possibilities and care than having to deal with a lot of children.
Sekiko left early.
Eliana chose team B, therefore, team B won this debate. Congratulation team B! And thanks everyone for participating. Below are the links to listen to our chat:
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