Internet Has Done More Harm Than Good To Students 1st Speaker Opposition Thank you Mdm/Mr.

Speaker. Mdm/Mr speaker of the House, the respected panel of adjudicators, the ever-precise timekeeper, my worthy opponents, ladies and gentlemen members of the parliament, good morning/afternoon to all. As the Opposition Leader, it would be my duty to refute the motion for today Internet Has Done More Harm Than Good To Students. We believe that Internet Has Done More Good Than Harm To Students The government team, ladies and gentlemen may throw the sand of confusion and untruth in your face to hide the actual fact. However, I’m confident after we are finished, everyone will be convinced and had to agree with us on the contrary. On the whole, it seems that the definition offered by the government is compatible with ours. However, I would still like to speak a little on the matter lest there might be misunderstanding over what we are debating on. According to the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 2001, Internet means, a computer system that allows millions of computer users around the world to exchange information. Harm means inflict physical, mental or moral injury. Whereas, good means having the right qualities. And lastly, Students mean someone, who is studying in a

school, college or university. So the topic means internet has inflicted more physical, mental or moral injury than providing good qualities to students, which we believe is not true. Before I proceed any further, let me rebut on the point put forward by the Prime Minister. Therefore we, the opposition team once again refute the motion for today and we believe that Internet Has Done More Good Than Harm To Students. Members of the parliament, As the Opposition Leader, allow me to provide you with the outline of my team’s case. I will elaborate on how internet can increase students’ interest in learning. My Deputy Opposition Leader will elaborate further on how internet can develop communication skill and how it can breed independent learners. And before the concluding speech our senior Opposition Minister will rebut all the untruthful points and allegations made by the government team so that you will see with definite clarity why we believe that Internet Has Done More Good Than Harm To Students Having laid bare the definition and our case outline, allow me to present our first argument. Ladies and gentlemen In this IT era, we must always alert on the rapid changing of information or we will be left behind. Internet as a new technological tool does not only keep us up-to-date with what is

happening around us, it also provides us with vast amount of resources which is extremely beneficial for students. How can anyone accuse internet as harmful when it presents its users with a multitude choice of information? Ladies and gentlemen It is well-known that the resources offered in the schools, colleges, universities or even in the state libraries are quite limited. Students can easily become demotivated when they have to go through the hard way to acquire knowledge. Access to the internet removes this hindrance faced by students. Through internet students could find many beneficial resources from historical to scientific data. Moreover, internet also makes the process of acquiring materials much quicker than the traditional method. Students can browse numerous sources in just one sitting instead of flipping through books in the library for hours which is not only boring but also tiring. Thus, students can spend more time on studying. Members of the House, Furthermore, Smith Lawrence, a professor, in his research stated that students are learning better and faster with this new technology. It has boosted students’ problemsolving skills and thinking skills. Is this what you call harmful, my worthy opponents? Please think again. Ladies and gentlemen In addition, the quick change in sites and the difference in looks, presentation and organisation of materials also offer new excitement

every time the students access a new site. Thus, it will increase students’ interest in learning new things everyday. Even influential people as Thomas Edison, William Levenson, B.F. Skinner and many others proclaimed that new technological devices such as internet would vastly increase student’s interest in learning. Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, it is undeniable that internet brings lots of benefits to students because it provides them with a quick access to the vast amount of resources that could attract them to study. My colleagues will further convince you that Internet Has Done More Good Than Harm To Students with their concrete arguments. With that I bow, thank you.

Internet Does More Good Than Harm To Students 2nd Speaker Opposition Thank you Mdm/Mr. Speaker. Mdm/Mr speaker of the House, the respected panel of adjudicators, the ever-precise timekeeper, my worthy opponents, ladies and gentlemen members of the parliament, good morning/afternoon to all. As the Deputy Opposition Leader, it would be my duty to continue the battle by refuting all the misunderstood facts put forward by the government team and convinced you that Internet Has Done More Good Than Harm To Students The government team, ladies and gentlemen, has made all of here confuse by telling us that... (Rebuttal) Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, bear with us and after we are finished I am convinced that you will agree that Internet Has Done More Good Than Harm To Students Now let me proceed with our second argument which is Internet can improve students’ communication skill. Ladies and Gentlemen, if you think that students are alone when they sit in front of computer, staring at the screen, you are absolutely wrong. Actually, these students are communicating with friends all around the world. By using the internet, communicating with friends around the world is as easy and

cheap as communicating with friends across town. There are many services offered in the net that actually aides in developing students’ communication skill such as web sites, email, instant-message and chat rooms. When using internet to communicate, students can expand their social network. Their friends not only limited to those at school. Furthermore, Lenhart, Rainie, and Lewis, professors from UCLA reported in their research that internet plays an important role in maintaining and improving relationships with friends, family members and teachers or professors. Moreover, by communicating with friends all over the world, students will also understand the importance of learning foreign language. For students who already know foreign language, internet offers exceptional opportunities for practising their newly acquired language skill through communicating with students who are native speaker of the language. Ladies and gentlemen, Besides, internet also can raise children’s cultural awareness. Through communicating with friends all over the world, students are now able to learn about different parts of the world without even going there. They can learn about others cultures, customs, and geographical location and so on. Of course it will help them when they want to further their study in the country. Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, if you can view this intelligent tool (as it is called) positively, you can see how

our students can gain lots of advantages that can help them in this ICT era. Now, I come to our last argument which is internet has done more good than harm by breeding independent learners. Members of the House, As the information age is arising into our society, students no longer depend on teachers to provide them with information. Internet, does not only connect students to the world, it also expand time for learning beyond the school hours. The process of learning is still continues even though they are in their homes. Consequently, students are able to learn different kinds of thing on their own. With this ‘global classroom’ internet provide us, students can now learn from the net that their teachers might not know of and expand from this knowledge. It actually benefits students and teachers alike. Members of the House, According to Parker, a researcher’ in his survey, “The Internet and School”, he found that, the use of networks can be a motivator for students and it can encourage the kind of independence and autonomy that many educators agree is important for students to achieve in their learning process. Another researcher, Tripp Doepner, stated that independent knowledge and learning often gives an individual an unquenchable thirst in pursuing of how much more they do not know. The internet will help the educators

to reach their elusive goal of developing lifelong learners. This is what we want all this long, right? Students who have interest in study and students who do not depend on teacher to spoon feed them with all the notes and information Ladies and Gentlemen, the need to keep students interested in acquiring knowledge is a priority to help students in living in this challenging world and internet does help educators to breed the kind of students who can learn on their own. Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, members of the parliament, I am sure now you believe that Internet Has Done More Good Than Harm To Students. My senior opposition members will further convinced you with his arguments. With that I rest my case.

The Internet is the world's largest library. It's just that all the books are on the floor. ~John Allen Paulos The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow. ~Bill Gates Nowadays, anyone who cannot speak English and is incapable of using the Internet is regarded as backward. ~Al-Waleed bin Talal
We have technology, finally, that for the first time in human history allows people to really maintain rich connections with much larger numbers of people. Pierre Omidyar - Technology - People Internet I agree completely with my son James when he says 'Internet is like electricity. The latter lights up everything, while the former lights up knowledge'. Kerry Packer - Internet - Knowledge -

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