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*'''August 26th.''' Myclob is experimenting with a new way of organizing argument pages, so that they are structured like main debate pages - in a pro/con structure with reasons to agree and disagree. See [[Argument: Polygamy leaves some men with no women to marry; socially destabilizing]]. A debate on the value of this kind of approach is occurring on [http://www.facebook.com/groups/19125768640/ Debatepedia's Facebook group]. *'''August 26th.''' Myclob is experimenting with a new way of organizing argument pages, so that they are structured like main debate pages - in a pro/con structure with reasons to agree and disagree. See [[Argument: Polygamy leaves some men with no women to marry; socially destabilizing]]. A debate on the value of this kind of approach is occurring on [http://www.facebook.com/groups/19125768640/ Debatepedia's Facebook group].
*'''August 24th.''' [[Debate: Teacher-student friendships on Facebook]] was created and is being developed as some states and municipalities, such as Missouri, have banned such relationships by law. *'''August 24th.''' [[Debate: Teacher-student friendships on Facebook]] was created and is being developed as some states and municipalities, such as Missouri, have banned such relationships by law.
-*'''August 22nd.''' [[Debate: Law school]] was posted to the Debate Digest after multiple days of development. 
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  • CON: Exclusive teacher-student relationships are inappropriate. Charol Shakeshaft, professor and chairwoman of the Department of Educational Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University: "Exclusive and private contact with your students isn't educationally necessary. In the same way that in a school we would say, 'No, you may not lock yourself into a room with a student,' this law effectively says, 'No you may not lock yourself into a website where only you can get to the student.' [...] Anything I need to do as a teacher I can do in a public space or a space that can be accessed by people. If I need to be doing it completely in private, then I shouldn't be doing it."[1]
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