Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Participants (from 10 countries):
USA: Rick, Jami | Argentina: Johny | Iran: Rojhano, Behnam, Elham, Hanieh, Noorola | Philippines: Jesson | Tunisia: Amin | Russia: Oleg | Nepal: Grace | India: CS | Pakistan: Maria | Egypt: Haitham
Team A: Jesson, Amin
Team B: Rojhano, Grace, Hanieh
Team C: Johny, Behnam, Noorola, Elham, Oleg, Maria, Jami, Haitham
Listeners: Bahare, CS, Ayisha
Team A summary:
- It’s an educational institution and students go there with the primary purpose to achieve their academic goals.
- Athletic programs are considered an extracurricular activity, with participation being a privilege and not a right, therefore minimum academic standards should be maintained for all students.
- It’s not good if the institutes use athletic programs to popularize their institutes. this detracts from the primary purpose of higher education.
- Focusing only on academic programs will not secure the future for the vast majority of students, even those involved in these programs. Their academic studies are important for their long term future.
Team B summary:·
- If they are good at sports, they should be also good at studies. Both require dedication and commitment to excellence.
- No one person can be good at everything.
- Being a good athlete is enough, we should not ask too much of the students nor create a stressful environment for the students.
- Some students are not good at studies but they are good at what they know. All students should be given the same opportunities, regardless of their academic standings.
- Some parents want their kids to be involved in athletic programs and will support their efforts, regardless of their academic standings. Since in many of these cases the parents are paying for the tuition, shouldn't their expectations also be considered?
- Playing sports helps them learn the importance of team work, as well as leadership, and these skills will help them throughout their lives.
- Taking away sports from them can impact their motivation and lead to even more substandard scores.
- Some students are not good at studies and should be they are treated for who they are.
Team C summary:
- As long as they are already doing the best they can; as long as they are giving 100%, if they are not able to meet the other requirements that should be enough.
- If we ask them more than what they do it can cause negative impact in the lives.
- Johny was not able to vote.
- Behnam voted for team B.
- Noorola voted for team A.
- Elham voted for team B.
Team B won this debate. Thanks everyone for participating! Below are the links to listen to this discussion.