Hi I am a second year student and I have a debate to write and I can't find any research. The motion is "children are not taken seriously." I am against the motion saying they are taken seriously....

Hi I am a second year student and I have a debate to write and I can't find any research.

The motion is "children are not taken seriously." I am against the motion saying they are taken seriously.

I could really use some help with it. Thanks!

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William Delaney | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I once reviewed a book titled Children First (1994) which impressed me favorably. It has been quite a few years, however, since I read that book. The author's name is Penelope Leach, and she is evidently an authority on parenting and children's development. You could start by looking her up online at Wikipedia. I have provided the reference link below. She is, according to the Wikipedia article, a British psychologist who researches and writes extensively on parenting issues from a child development perspective. She very definitely takes children seriously. In fact, she considers her subject the most important one that society should be dealing with, mainly because children will be running society when they grow into adulthood. Here is a brief excerpt from the Wikipedia article on Penelope Jane Leach.

  • "Children First: What Society Must Do --- And Is Not Doing --- For Children Today" (1994) is a call to action spelling out policies society should adopt, in favour of children and the grown ups who care for them,polemic suggesting large-scale social initiatives to end child poverty and homelessness, and to enable parents better to balance paid work and family.

The article includes a number of references to other material that should be of interest to you.

Children First, as well as some of the other books by this prominent authority, ought to be available in any big library.

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Start by researching the history of child psychology -- specifically the notion of nature vs. nurture, and the question of the place of role models in a child's development.  Also, of course, the Piaget steps of development should be completely familiar to you.  Then, you are ready to build the "engine" of your argument -- challenge the vagueness of the premise:  Who doesn't take them seriously, and where does the "agency" (a term in rhetoric meaning authority or responsibility to decide or regulate an utterance) get its power?  Then point out who does in fact "take them seriously" -- law enforcement, children's courts, etc.  As you research the topic, you will come across many examples of controversies in which one party takes a child seriously and another does not.  In my opinion, the motion will collapse as soon as you specify the various occasions where "children are not taken seriously" and balance with those occasions where they are taken very seriously -- witnesses to crimes, preference of entertainment, reports of the behavior of babysitters, etc.

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