1. Some countries spend lots of money preparing competitors to take part in major competitions such as Olympic Games or football World Cup. Some people say that it would be better to spend this money encouraging children to take up sports from a young age. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Recently, some people call for the government to stop supporting professional sports competitions, and instead should begin to invest in encouraging kids to engage in sports. Nevertheless, as far as I am concerned, it is neither sensible nor practical to do so.
People who oppose the authority's spending in distributing funds in training sportsmen in competitive sports meeting on the grounds that this practice bears some cost. However, it is, as a matter of fact, highly worthwhile taking into account the benefits it brings. Olympics and the World Cup are the most influential sports events worldwide, which attract millions of crazy audiences. And this is justified by the high ratings on TV or Internet during the period they were held. Hence, a successful athlete in the Games tend to bring enormous economical profit for his motherland. In this case, relevant income from tourism and advertisement is spontaneous results. LiuXiang's huge success in 110-meter hurdles in 2004 Olympic Games can be well illustrated as an example. Apart from tangible benefits, due to the feature of international arena, the global events are perfect stages to enhance national reputation, thus improving the citizens' pride and identity.
Surely, improving the fitness level of children who are the future of a nation is vital for the development of a country’s comprehensive power. But it is really doubtful for the government to allocate a large proportion of the budget to render the younger generations just to concentrate on sports rather than their academic study. Large amounts of time, an excellent coach and team, and advanced technology happen to be the decisive factors to become outstanding professional athletes. But the fact is that this may takes years. Therefore, it is more likely for children to give up sports and divert to entering new schools, seeking for jobs, which are presented to be more real and direct in helping them to live a stable life .
In conclusion, it is by no means a waste of money for the government to dedicate itself to foster more first-class athletes to participate in international sports meet. By contrast, children should not be pulled for to specialize in sports, since this is both unrealistic and in feasible .
2. Young people are leaving their homes from rural areas to study or work in the cities. What are the reasons? Do advantages of this development outweigh its disadvantages?
Currently, many young people choose to live or work in urban areas instead of rural areas. This essay will examine the possible reason for this phenomenon, and back up the argument that this trend brings more disadvantages than advantages.
A higher quality of life in urban areas may account for why young adults want to dwell or work in cities. It is acknowledged that young adults may find jobs with high salaries in cities, but it may be difficult for them to find such jobs in towns and cities. Also, in cities, young adults have more kinds of recreational activities, while the life in rural areas may be too quiet and boring for them. As a result, cities are much more attractive for young people because they can earn more money to experience new things there.
However, when too many young people migrate to urban areas, the development of rural areas will be affected. After all, enterprises in rural areas may not recruit suitable employees in the future, and the economy in rural areas may not be developed well. Then, rural areas will lose attractiveness for young adults, and probably all young people will not choose to stay in rural areas when they need to decide where they want to live and work. As a result, the gap between rural and urban areas will be increasingly huger.
In addition, young adults will face much more pressure living or working in cities. For young people coming from rural areas, their families may not be so wealthy, and it means these young people may not afford to buy a house in cities easily. Then, they have to work really diligently to make a living, but working overtime may affect their health. At the end, they may neither have enough deposit to settle down in cities nor have a healthy body.
To sum up, pursuing a better quality of life stimulates young people to reside or work in cities, but this tendency will bring more disadvantages than advantages, considering the huge gap between cities and counties and much more pressure on these young people.
3. Some people claim that many things that children are taught at school are a waste of time. Other people argue that everything study at school are useful at some time. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
When it comes to the issue of whether schools can bring about worthful knowledge for children, people's opinions differ. While some people think that some courses in schools are not useful as it should be, I still argue that students can benefit a lot in schooling.
It is acknowledged that the basic function of a school is to ensure children to get educated, which does not only include the learning of textbook knowledge, but also the formation of good behaviors. It represents that schooling allows students to learn about a wide array of subjects, like language, mathematics and history and so on. Additionally, a school is also a place to cultivate children's characters and morality rules. This is equally important as course study for a kid.
On the other hand, there are some arguments that courses provided in schools are ineffective, which may lead those young students to have fruitless learning experience. But I have to say that each education department of each country carefully sets up their curriculum system. In addition to those elementary courses, those optional ones are also added in student's study, such as science, computer programming and PE, all of which are of great help to stimulate students' imagination ability, promote students' creative ability and enhance students' physical strength, and thus help them to be well-rounded individuals. In this case, each thing in each course has its place.
In my view, considering the significance of schooling, governments need definitely attach more importance to course arrangements so that each course is reasonable and justified. Only in this way, can the younger generations become the future of society.