IN certain respects, children are the same all over the world. But many
factors affect the development of children, both parental support and
education being major influences. There are vast differences between
schooling styles, and parental attitudes towards children, in China and the
Some of these differences have obvious causes, for example, the "Little
Emperor" syndrome in China. Parents everywhere have dreams for their
offspring. However, the concentration of energy invested into planning for a
child's future is noticeable in China, as it is not diluted by the presence of
This adoration can be seen in other ways. One of the most common is
spoiling children, giving them everything they want. Some of the time this is
a reward for good work, although there are children who receive all they wa
nt merely because they demand it from their parents.
Parents also have this tendency to spoil children in the West. If a child does
start to see itself as the all-deserving star of the Universe,usually its siblings
will tease and bully the child until it stops feeling self-important.
Another contrast between the upbringing of children in China and the West is
in schooling. Without a doubt, Chinese children work harder than their
European and American counterparts. Their industriousness is admirable, and
in comparison, Western students are lazy. In European countries, teenagers
will often have a Saturday job, or holiday job, to supplement their allowance.
This is rare in China,where education is considered of paramount importance,
and time working detracts from study.The same contrast is true of romantic
relationships between teenagers. I spoke to Han Li, a 16-year old student in
Huhhot, about boyfriends. She said: "I have no time for a boyfriend, even if
I did want one. I must study hard, there is a lot of pressure on me to get
good grades and go to university."
The style of teaching is very different in China from in the West. The notion
of "repeating after a teacher'' seems old-fashioned and redundant in America
and Europe. Large class sizes may be the reason for the popularity of this
teaching method. In England, any class over 30 is considered large enough
to impair learning. However, I have noticed that this parrot-style of learning
is being replaced with more progressive methods of education in many
The perfect solution would be to combine Western and Chinese education
methods. Combat the laziness and apathy of Western students; encourage
initiative within Chinese students, by expecting independent thought as
opposed to mindless repetition. As for spoilt kids anywhere, some of these
children would benefit from a smack on the bum.
Genevieve Roberts graduated from Leeds University, England. She has spent
the last eight months teaching in China. Anyone with unusual cultural or
social experiences who wants to share them with us here at 21st Century
can send a copy to
There has been an argument on personality and individual’s development fo
r a long time. The key point of the dispute is which factor plays a more
important role, genes or training after birth? In my opinion, the latter is the
crucial complication, though genes are significant.
Although genes have great effects on one’s personality, environment plays
a more important role in his further development. Let’s take an experiment
for instance. There was a research on a couple of identical twins who were
born in a big city, but they were separated after birth. One was taken to a
poor suburban area, while the other remained in the city. Fifteen years later,
surely, the one in city grew tall, strong, extroverted and well educated. By
contrast, the other was short, thin, introverted and nearly illiterate. This well
demonstrates the importance of nurturing.
In addition, education, especially early education, is another key factor.When
children are very young, they try to imitate their parents’ behaviors, and
run into some manners. After going to school, different education systems an
d even different courses students taking will make influence on their
personalities and ideas. Students of science and technology subjects are good
at logical thinking, while students of arts usually think in terms of imagine.
As you can tell from my comments above, no one can choose his nature,but
one can be greatly successful after striving for himself or being well educated.
And no one can be successful relying on his genes without good environmen
t. So, in my opinion, environmental influence and education will ultimately
decide one’s personality and development.
Nowhere in the world has the issue of children’s education been so much
debated as in our society. Nowadays, many parents let their children attend
all kinds of courses that will help children to get a better future; therefore,
some people think that the postnatal nurture is more important than the
congenital factors for personal growth and progress. The above point is
certainly true; this essay will outline three reasons.
The main reason is that success of a child would not be separated from right
teaching and personal effort. Currently, lots of famous scientists and
politicians gain huge success in the world, as they are long-term to hard
work. Moreover, the main reason why plenty of developing countries drop
behind is their poor education.
Another reason is that if people do not work hard but only depend on their
high intellect, they will be far from successful. For instance, the little Bronte
was quite clever during his childhood; he was particularly adept at writing.
But he was so satisfied with his superior intellect that he did not study
carefully. Finally, he became an idle person. However, his sisters became
famous authors as a result of their hard study. They are Charlotte Bronte
and Emily Bronte. Charlotte wrote “Jane Eyre “, “Wuthering Heights” was
written by Emily.
Last but not the least reason is the advantages of natural factors that are
more and more similar.Plenty of advanced technological products are invente
d and widely used.They can supply people’s gaps.In the past, the difference
of mathematical ability was remarkable. With the invention of the calculator,
people can hardly find out the difference.
In conclusion, scientific and proper teaching is the most significant factor for
personal growth and development. If people are satisfied with their
advantages, they will become the biggest failures.
Nowadays, most of children are the center of a family, so the issue about which plays major role in personality, nature or nurture, is paid increasing attention by parents. As to me, I am fond of that molding one's character depends on nurture rather than nature.
People's character will affect greatly by the people around them especially their parents. The survey proves the possibility of commit of person who deleted born in a family which have a crime is one to four times higher than the normal family's person's. To image, when a child shape character, always have a bad example around him or her, no wonder the crime possibility is much higher. So just as the saying goes:" he who keeps company with the wolf will learn to howl."
Moreover, the growing environment influences child's personality unconsciously. There is a famous story in China: Aiming to find a willing studying condition, a mother moves for three times. They at last move nearby school. From then on, the boy who used to be naughty corrects his bad habits and changes into a hardworking student. After he grows up, this boy becomes one of the greatest philosophers in Chinese history---Mencius.
This story really shows how important role that the environment play in children's personality.
Of course, we couldn't neglect the effect of nature, such as parents' gene. The child is a chip off the old block. Some characters proved by medical research have already existed before human were born.
All in all, as for one person's, both nature and nurture influence the development of quality. Personally, I believe the nurture can partly make up the shortage of nature.
Difference between children's education
Published on 2003-01-30
Posted on 2003-02-04
IN certain respects, children are the same all over the world. But many factors affect the development of children, both parental support and education being major influences. There are vast differences between schooling styles, and parental attitudes towards children, in China and the West.
Some of these differences have obvious causes, for example, the "Little Emperor" syndrome in China. Parents everywhere have dreams for their offspring. However, the concentration of energy invested into planning for a child's future is noticeable in China, as it is not diluted by the presence of siblings.
This adoration can be seen in other ways. One of the most common is spoiling children, giving them everything they want. Some of the time this is a reward for good work, although there are children who receive all they want merely because they demand it from their parents.
Parents also have this tendency to spoil children in the West. If a child does start to see itself as the all-deserving star of the Universe, usually its siblings will tease and bully the child until it stops feeling self-important.
Another contrast between the upbringing of children in China and the West is in schooling. Without a doubt, Chinese children work harder than their European and American counterparts. Their industriousness is admirable, and in comparison, Western students are lazy. In European countries, teenagers will often have a Saturday job, or holiday job, to supplement their allowance. This is rare in China, where education is considered of paramount importance, and time working detracts from study. The same contrast is true of romantic relationships between teenagers. I spoke to Han Li, a 16-year old student in Huhhot, about boyfriends. She said: "I have no time for a boyfriend, even if I did want one. I must study hard, there is a lot of pressure on me to get good grades and
go to university."
The style of teaching is very different in China from in the West. The notion of "repeating after a teacher'' seems old-fashioned and redundant in America and Europe. Large class sizes may be the reason for the popularity of this teaching method. In England, any class over 30 is considered large enough to impair learning. However, I have noticed that this parrot-style of learning is being replaced with more progressive methods of education in many Chinese schools.
The perfect solution would be to combine Western and Chinese education methods. Combat the laziness and apathy of Western students; encourage initiative within Chinese students, by expecting independent thought as opposed to mindless repetition. As for spoilt kids anywhere, some of these children would benefit from a smack on the bum.
Genevieve Roberts graduated from Leeds University, England. She has spent the last eight months teaching in China. Anyone with unusual cultural or social experiences who wants to share them with us here at 21st Century can send a copy to By Genevieve Roberts, SPECIAL TO 21ST CENTURY
Introduction ( 38words)
Human's endeavor in researching on factors affecting one's personality and development has offered quite a amount of proofs. My position may provide you with a clear notion that nurture plays a far more important role in one's development.
Body 1 (95words)
Reportedly there was a maid, a countryside girl with only an educational background of primary school, working for an American professor who worked in Shanghai Jiaotong University, China. After two years of stay at the learned and exotic surroundings, amazingly this plain girl could speak fluent English and started to help the host to receive and send e-mails to his students. When the professor left for New York later, soon she sought a post at a multinational firm. This example clearly reveals a common truth: appropriate nurture can turn an average person to be competent. (topic sentence)
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I will then go on to examine my position by offering other facts. It is well believed that overseas graduates who once furthered their education in foreign universities are taking incredible places in China because these elites have a broader way of thinking and their bilingual and creative capabilities have proved themselves much better than domestic ones. In contrast, some people show their linguistic talent by precisely speaking a variety of dialects but still lead a poor life because no foreign language learning process has been conducted for them.
Conclusion ( 42words)
To sum up, the competence of a former maid and the qualities of overseas Chinese students already illustrate an undeniable fact: a right way of nurture can mould one to be outstanding whilst extraordinary nature without nurture is a waste of resource.
Which element between nature and nurture plays the major role in children’s personality and development is always a controversial problem. Of course, which you prefer depends on your own experience, life style and emotional concern. Here, I would like to illustrate my point of view about it.
Admittedly, different nature determines people have distinguished starting points in their lifetime. To beginning, in light of medical research, a person’s blood type has considerable influence to his character. General speaking, for example, a person whose blood type is A means that his personality is amiable and tender probably. Besides, the physical condition, even appearance may influence a person’s development. Statistics shows that beautiful people are more confident than others, because they do not need to worry about the prejudice from public. Obviously, some parts of our personality have been decided when we born.
On the other hand, although nature is important during the course of shaping personality, we cannot ignore another essential element, nurture. There are many factors which affect the development of children, both parental support and education being vital influence. It is reported that the kid whose parents are divorced is more likely has psychological troubles than those with a harmonious family. By contrast, as we all know, good education will positively cultivate a person’s personality and improve his self-restraint in a big way.
In summary, from what has been discussed above, we may safely arrive at the conclusion that partly because of different nature, partly because of different nurture, people have their unique personality.
For centuries,people have heatedly debated the problem that what
runs a more significant position in characteristic and development.
At first glance,it would seem that nature is the crucial factor.
Closerexamination reveals,however,that nurture makes the determinative
effect.Personally,I side with the later opinion.Some reasons as
follows can demonstrate my viewpoint.
Most important,elder generation's way of actionun fluences much on
children's psychology.Because of the small age,kids have little
understandings about the condition and they always intimate what
their parents do.It is frequent to find that the sons possess the
same gestures of walking or eating with the fathers.Meanwhile children
are using their parebns' way to think of and deal with matters out
What is more,just as Edison's best-known saying goes:"Genius is one
percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration." Everyone is no
exception.The heritage does give out benefit; however, its effect is
too limited.Man must make it through hardwork and proper cultivation.
In ancient China,Fang Zhongyong, concidered as a child prodigy, had a
talented ablity of poem creation.Unfortunatly,he did not acquire a well
education,which leaded to the lost of teputatuon ten years later.
Last but not least, superior postnatal nurture can bting a promissing
development to youngsterds.Numerous aspects o fchildren's personality
are formed after the borth such as the view of world and value.The nurture just serves as these points as it shows a correct direction to the youngs and tutors them.
From what has been mentioned above, we can safely come to the definitive conclusion that nurture is the most critical ingredient for personality and personal growth.
nowaday,variety of language and culture has been lost rapidly,as a matter of fact,the speed of language and culture dissapear is as fast as the speed of development of society.i would rather to give the main reasons for it and explore the good solution to this phenomenon.
firstly,its undeniable that the development of new technology and science contribute the ressesion of traditional culture.microwave,for example,save my mother time.throw the prepared and forzen food into it,we will have the dinner within a few minutes.but we will not have the delicious food cooked by my mother.gone foreveris the traditional cooking.
secontly,as the economic globalization is being carried out,the traditional culture is being under the threat of assimilation.especailly in chinese depress areas,as the western culture with investment floods into these nations,.the young people became obbessed with the fresh culture so that they miss very much their own culture.however,culture just like a mirror which reflect the value of one country,how can these cultures exist if the young people who are the hope of one country are tired of learning it?
in addition,nowaday the young people whose mother tongue is not english became crazy about learning english on the ground that english well can ensure them a decent job,a better life.they spent a lot of time in studying english so that they dont have spare time to develop and enrich their own language.so,its not surpring that many a language,only spoken by few people,disappear one by one in the mordern society.
To sum up,the distinct culture make our world colourful .it is notonly belong to their own country,it also belong to the world.let us cherich our traditonal culture,for it embody the very costoms and culture,which sustain our family ,our friendship and our spirital life!
some people think the natural gift play the major role in the children's development.in contrast,other think the nurture is more important than nature .personally,its more advisale to choose the latter view than the former one.
to begin with the Einstein's bestknown saying:the gunius is 1% inspiration ,and 99% prespiration.even Einstein who is one of most wisest people in the world also have to think and study for months before he fomulate the famouse relativity of theory.in addition to it,there is also a countexample to support my point.in Ming dynasty of china,there was a 3-year-old boy who was genius at creating a perfect poem within 3 mins.but his father did not provide him opportunity to develop his ability,instead,he frequatly took his son to the banquet hold by the rich to perform how to make a quict poem in order to earn money.when this genius child grew up,his tallents dissappeared just for lacking of right education.so ,i fomulate the two important factors for the development of children's personality.
firstlly,the success of child would not seperated from round education.as the hebert spenser's famouse saying:education is has for it abject the information of charactors.its reported by scientists that the disble man also can performs as well as the nomal people if they are nurtured and educated.the parents as the first teacher and teachers should give proper instruction and correct guidance to their development.
secondlly,indiviial great efforts is indispensable.the many politican and statemans gain success though the great efforts when they were young.there is also countexample.the most successful people may not be the most cleverest people.according to the studies conducted among the group who was the same class before 10 years,those whose average point is in the middle 50 % ,all became the richers and managers.while few of the young people who is upper 10 % became the bosses or excutives.studies show people who do not word hard only depend on their intelligence will be far from the sucess.
therefore,the kid is the seed,the nurture is the fertile soil in which the seed can grow well.among all ingredients for children's development,round education is very important,moreover,individial offort is also indispensable!
The contentious issue in the domain of sociology in the past mainly concentrated
on postnatal nurture and congenital element still has been steeped in controversy
nowadays. The key point of it is, which factor has top priority in personal grow
th and progress. On the strength of compelling and convincing research and eviden
ce, I prefer the former. This essay will outline the following reasons.
In the first place, environment and parents enlightenment play utmost and crucial
roles in children’s personalities and further development. When they are young,
they often unconsciously imitate parents’ behaviors. As prevailing Chinese slan
g says, “Better unborn than unbred”, which connotes that parents should strengt
hen the supervision over and education of kids. After accepting education in scho
ol, their identities and ideas are deeply affected by diverse instruction system
and even distinguishing courses. For instance, students of science are apt at log
ical thinking, while students of arts are inclined to thinking in image. Granted
that it happens to identical twins, their behaviors are not genetic because life
has presented them with different opportunities.
In the second place, one with innate intellect uncertainly becomes a genius insom
uch as his success owes much to his capabilities and arduous efforts. Take an ins
tance of Charlotte Bronte’s brother who was quite bright during his childhood. O
nly did he depend on his superior intellect, so that neglected his study. Finally
he became an idle person, while his sister became a famous author as a result of
hard study. Even Albert Einstein said, “A genius is that kind of person with 99
percent diligence plus 1 percent intelligence.” Apparently, his success is not
so much by talent as by strenuous work.
In conclusion, no one can choose his nature, but one can be successful after stri
ving for himself and being well educated. Moreover, no one can be triumphant only
relying on his genes. Namely, nurture passes nature.
V111 Children - Nature or Nurture?
Which one has deeper influence on molding children’s personalities and their development nature or nurture?
In certain respects, children are the same all over the world. But when they grow up, they become quite different. What has caused such considerable changes? I believe nurture plays the crucial role in personality and development of a child. In another word, the circumstances surrounding the child are more important to form its character.
As an old saying remarked, ‘No man is born wise or learned’. Had nobody taught him, a man would even not be able to count from 1 to 10, no matter how talented he were. In fact, a nascent infant to who has scarcely given birth, in certain aspects, is just the same as a kitten being no aware of so-called character. Its nature is to cry for food when it feels hungry, or cry for release when it feels uncomfortable. That is that. The true story of ‘wolf-child’ can be the best evidence.
On the other hand, the parents, teachers, as well as other people around a child, are the main builders who develop its personality. Learning from the circumstances, the child forms its character and concepts of the world. People always say ‘the best horse needs breeding, and the aptest child needs teaching.’ Without correct guidance, a clear conscience can even go bad. For instance, a father is a deep drug addict, and in most cases, his son starts this dangerous experience very early, by reason of smoky air he has breathed since his childhood. Such situation is not rare. On the contrary, we often hear similar news from media.
As you can tell from my analysis, among all factors affecting the growth of children, nurture is the crucial one, which is much more important than the nature or any other else.
Nature or nurture, which one has major influence on our personality and development? This issue has been widely debated in our country nowadays. As far as I am concerned, I am inclined to support the standpoint that nurture plays a more crucial role in youngster’s development.
To begin with, scientific research has already proved that the intelligence quotient(IQ) we were born with is not differ from each other too much. We have to admit that the so-called whiz-kids could be found are actually seldom. If we want to lead to any success, we need to rely on postnatal education and self-struggle which are the decisive factors. For example, Edison was regarded as a fool in his primary school. However, he got uneaqualed achievement by his own efforts.
In the second place, children’s limited natural gift will disappear soon if his/her nurture can not support it sufficient. Only can we say that the advantageous intelligence is a helpful condition to achievement, but the advantages will not last for long. There is Chinese fable: a boy called zy had some talents in poetry, so his father continuous take him to attend feast to boast his gift instead of bringing him to school, several years latter, zy have not any intelligence in composing poems any more. Therefore, we can find how important does the parental education and studying environment are!
Finally, the concept for success given by Einstein also indicates the essential effect of education and hardworking. He said: success is equal to 99% of diligence plus only 1% of genius. From his notion, we can easily find that the diligence is the indispensable element for people’s accomplishments.
From all mentioned above, we can safely come to a conclusion that only education and industry can mould people to be excellent and outstanding, merely depend on
So-called nature gifts are absolutely deficiency.
There is a dispute over what plays a chief role in one’s personality and development. Some maintain that it is concluded by the characteristic people born with, whereas others are confident that it defers to the experiences people have had in the life. For my part, I tend to share the latter point of view, and I would like to give two major reasons in the following.
On one hand, wealth and material status have an import effect on people’s personality. According to Maslow’s Theory, basic needs is human being’s primary requirement. Without solving the basic demand for food and clothes, people’s character is vulnerable to be ruined and can hardly develop in other spheres. For example, there were twins born in a poor countryside. One of them was adopted by a rich relative and lived in a???? metropolis, but the other stayed in village. Thirty years later, the urban son grew up into a prosperous professional, while the rural one was uneducated and made a hard life. It is different material condition that contributes to this contrast.
On the other hand, education, particularly the education from one’s childhood to adolescence, has a final say on his development. Children are too young to distinguish good from bad. They ought to be taken under the guidance of parents and teachers. Sensible ideas and decent behaviors lead them to become moral persons. Something evil, otherwise, such as violent films and drugs, make them stray from the right way. Herewith, people with excellent development are usually well educated.
To sum up, diverse contributing factors can be identified, nevertheless, I still insist that acquired experiences have much more influence on people’s personality and development. What we must do is making sure that the positive ones are encouraged and the negative ones are eliminated as far as possible.