VBS News Net: VBS held the 3rd debate between students and parents in the theater on May 20 to cultivate students' critical thinking ability and let them implement the regulations of using electronic gadgets for VBS students. Do the cons outweigh the pros in using electronic products to complement studies? Year 4 and Year 5 students debated with their parents. Principal Yang, all the teachers, students of Year 4 and Year 5, and some parents' representatives attended the activity.
At the beginning of April, debaters were recruited from each class. It was different from the previous debate that students and their parents were no longer opposed to each other, but both chose the pros and cons. After a month of preparation and training, the debate finally began.
On May 20, the debate began with the opening by Yu Shuhan. Zhang Junjia, the first speaker of the positive side, said, 'It's a trend for people to use electronic devices in their daily life. As a representative of electronic devices, IPad is an important key for children to lead to the digital age.'
The first speaker of the negative side, Qi Runge, believed that we should face the fact that teenagers may lack self-discipline. They have no judgment when they are facing temptation. What guardians really should do is to set good examples for them.
Wu Xuanyi stated her opinion in the free debate session, 'Let's go back to the topic. Do the cons outweigh the pros in using electronic products to complement studies? We all know that every coin has two sides, and what does more harm will be gradually eliminated, while what does more good will be widely popularized. It is undeniable that all of you have electronic products, and even every family has an iPad. The school promotes iPad-assisted teaching and has set up VBS Cloud Lessons and AI Lessons. What does that mean? It means that the advantages of electronic products outweigh the disadvantages so that they can be so widely used.' Her logic and thinking have won a lot of applause and praise.
Chen Lvyi's father explained with his own experience, 'There are many causes of myopia. I didn't use electronic products when I was a child, but I'm still short-sighted.' Hu tongen's father stated that people were more likely to write wrong words. We should follow the basic rules of learning and admit that learning is a painful process. This view also had the same resonance for teachers and parents.
In the last part of the debate, the students asked questions to the debaters on the stage. The students raised their hands and participated actively.
After concluding the debate, Ms. Li Shiqi, chairman of the debate, said, 'I never thought that the debate between adults and primary school students would be so wonderful!'
After the debate, Principal Yang concluded, 'We do not hold this debate to have winners today! I hope that students can understand how to treat electronic products in our study and life. Thanks to all parents for your support and tolerance. I believe our children will be more rational to use electronic products to complement studies.'
最后，杨校长为本场表现杰出的辩手们颁发纪念奖章。含金量最高的“优秀辩手”奖由正方三辩吴萱怡同学与反方一辩祁润格同学获得。海茉尔同学荣获 “风度翩翩奖”，陈履一同学、蒋尚熹同学荣获“优秀应变奖”，正方二辩曾廷轩获“风度翩翩奖”，正方陈履一爸爸和反方朱慕晗爸爸荣获 “最具潜力辩手”，正方刘子毅爸爸、反方王润田妈妈荣获“优秀大众辩手”。
Finally, Principal Yang presented commemorative medals to the outstanding debaters. Wu Xuanyi and Wang Runtian won the Excellent Debater Award. Hai Moer won the Optimum Mien Award. Chen Lvyi and Jiang Shangxi won the Contingency Award. Chen Lvyi's father and Zhu Muhan's father won the Most Potential Debater Award. Liu Ziyi's father and Wang Runtian's mother won the Excellent Public Debater Award.
Principal Yang communicated with parents who offered suggestions for the development of the school after the debate.
VBS strives to let children experience the future, making the school a place where parents, students, and teachers grow together. The debate has enhanced the communication between home and school and improved students' critical thinking, speech, and cooperation ability.
The documents provided by Ms. Li Shiqi
Editor & Photographer: Linda
Filmed and edited by Leon
Translated by Reny