Published on August 19, 2014
2 Marking scheme Salutation—1 mark Opening statement—1 mark Body—2 marks Concluding statement—1 mark Sample debates: 1.On the National Debate Forum, the topic given to the students is ‘Should college students or even Class XII students be given unlimited freedom?’ Write a speech for or against the topic in about 200–250 words. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, Teenage proclaims itself near adulthood. So shouldn’t a teenager be allowed to probe the mysteries of the world all on his/her own? The modern environment and educational facilities surely enable that. However, I strongly feel that some kind of guidance is necessary for their young and impressionable minds. It is true that the modern world offers a variety of opportunities for all age groups in all the fields of knowledge, and everything is accessible at the click of a button. But, with one click on the wrong button, one could get access to harmful knowledge. Therefore, there needs to be some kind of control over the kind of freedom a teenager enjoys. One could argue that aren’t teenagers capable of deciphering the good from the bad as they are on the threshold of adulthood? I agree with this thought but too much curiosity can lead to added confusion, and even chaos. Some kind of parental guidance should be exercised on teenagers regarding the kind of movies to be watched, the books to be read, friends to have, etc. Some of us may strongly protest as to why can’t we be on our own and enjoy life. But the truth is that the world consists of both good and bad things and teenagers are not in a position to differentiate between the grey areas amidst good and bad. So the parents’ guidance to a certain extent is essential. Therefore, I think that while creative urges and the inquisitiveness of teenagers about the goings-on in the world should not be suppressed with too much parental interference, teenagers, on their part should not insist on complete freedom to make their choices in life. Thank you.