Should YouTube be blocked in high schools?

By: Umar Janjua, Alejandro Cifuentes, and Alen Mujkanovic

CPS allows teachers to access YouTube but not the students. Is this best practice. Check out the debate below and share your thoughts in the comments section.


15 thoughts on “Should YouTube be blocked in high schools?

  1. I think Alen Mujkanovic won because his points were really strong. I like how he brought up that videos can help you learn about other countries’ ways of teaching, that we already need permission to go on YouTube by a teacher, and we can use YouTube kids as an alternative.

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  2. I think Alen won because his claims were very concise. YouTube could be useful as an educational tool but even if it was blocked, there are many ways to get around it. So regardless of it being blocked or not, students will still find away to get on it.

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  3. I believe that YouTube should be blocked in High School because students are not focusing on the school work and pay more attention for things to entertain them and distraction from the class they are in. Students dont just search up music videos or funny videos but most of all inappropriate once.

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  4. In my opinion Alejandro Cifuentes won, Its true many can and will lie about their age to watch any video they want. It can be a distraction. A student instead of watching what he’s told to watch can be entertained by another video. Although there are still other ways to use it, its useful and can be a better way to learn.

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  5. Interviewer: great introduction, included both facts and personal evidence from the affirmative and negative sides. The questions during the live debate were well thought out and thought-provoking for both the audience and the debaters. Next time try to push the debaters to explain their points further if something is unclear.
    Affirmative: Solid points made with the experience of students in schools, a great way to speak to your audience. However, during the affirmative portion of the video I found myself getting distracted because of the lack of pictures/videos.
    Negative: I think the points themselves were valid and strong, but the articulation could have improved. This could likely be improved with more preparation and practice speaking in front of a crowd.

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  6. I believe Alejandro won due to the points and quantity of details. Personally I don’t feel like youtube should be blocked because when I have a problem I go to that source for help. But He does win this debate because of strong factors.

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  7. I would say Alan won the debate because he talks about how kids are able to learn about other countries by watching youtube videos. He also talks about how it can stop kids from watching inappropriate things on YouTube. Honestly I don’t think there is a way to watch anything inappropriate on Youtube during school because you always have a teacher watching you when you’re watching any videos. His points were also very concise and connected to reality. YouTube can be very helpful in educational way because many teachers post things on YouTube for kids to learn. And kids are able to learn on their own instead.

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  8. Alejandro Cifuentes won because he had details of the points he was providing. He didn’t felt stuck in the question, unlike Allen who seemed to not understand the questions the interviewer was asking or was a little bit stuck. Alejandro seemed to understand his side more clearly due to the explanation he provided.

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  9. I think Alen won because he brought up really good points throughout the whole debate. He brought up how you can use YouTube for educational purposes and how you can possibly ask their teachers for permission to use Youtube. I like how he also brought up that you can block off inappropriate things on the site.

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  10. The moderator of the debate is exceptional. He listened to the different arguments of the debaters and asked questions related to those points. The video was shot very well and used good pictures to illustrate the points. Both of the debaters and the moderator’s voices could be heard clearly. They did a good job at organizing their points and stating them with evidence and examples.
    Both of the debaters acknowledged good points in the opposing arguments, which made the debate more interesting and engaging to listen to and to watch. Umar did a wonderful job making sure both sides of the argument were seen and questioned. They all had great research and worked together very well.
    Great job!

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  11. Umar did a great job moderating. The questions were relevant and he was sure to press both sides of the debate to expand more on their arguments. Both sides of the debate, Alejandro and Alen, were well prepared and knowledgeable about their issue. This was evident in the way they were easily able to talk back and forth about various points of disagreement.

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  12. I think Alen won the debate because he have very good facts that show that YouTube should not blocked because sometimes teacher use YouTube videos to teach student if they don’t the lesson. he have good example from the article that he use in his debate and he have very good information that will some people to understand for this issues.

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  13. I believe that the positive side won. The positive side had very good points and facts. Also the positive side was very detailed and very clear. In my opinion both the sides were very good the debate was very intense. Both the sides did an amazing job explaining their points and facts.

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  14. I think Alen won because his points were good. He mentioned that teachers use youtube in school to help educate us students. Which is true. If you look up how many teachers actually use youtube you will see that a lot do. Even though both sides did a great job with explaining themselves, unfortunately Alen had better facts and statements.

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  15. Alen won because his claims were very consistent and lots of back facts to support his counter arguments like why YouTube should be blocked at schools and the effect it has on other students while they use it and how it effects there grade they receive in school.

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