title

Custom Search

 

[ Correct English | Common Errors | Words Differentiation | Sample Letters | Glossary of Correct Usage | Common Sentences | Q & A ]

[ English Compositions | Movie Reviews | High School Vocab | Advertisements ]

Sponsored Links

<<Prev

Lower Secondary English essays

Next>>

   
TOEFL Vocabulary
English Conversation
English Grammar
American Idioms
English Comprehension
English Summary
English News
Business Idioms
 
"Students should be given free rein to choose the school subjects and activities they want to take up." What are your views ?
 
Choice has become the catchphrase of a generation reared on the rallying cry of democracy and freedom. As such, the common perception today is that the individual must be allowed to develop his potential and interest in all areas in order for him to truly become a whole person. But is this choice something that should be encouraged in the area of school education?

Choice in school subjects and activities is good because it allows students to explore and expand personal interests and strengths. In education systems like the ones in Asia which have been attacked as producing students only to plug the gaps in the economy, allowing to select their areas of interest can plant the seeds for a more diverse and vibrant society where different abilities are encouraged. This will give each person the sense of esteem that comes from having his capabilities and interests recognised rather than being forced to conform to a prescriptive education.

Furthermore, allowing students to choose a few subjects or activities to specialise in can foster depth in knowledge rather than breadth. Thus, students will be masters in their chosen areas of study or activities rather than merely possessing superficial knowledge of a wide range of subjects. A student of the latter type could end up knowing "an infinite deal of nothing". A student who has to choose his subjects and activities is made to go through the process of studying each choice carefully and evaluating his own needs and interest. Thus, he has to learn how to make informed choices, as well as to take the responsibility for his choice, whether flawed or otherwise. This is something that every child has to learn if he is to be a success in his own right.

However, a broad-based education with grounding in a wide repertoire of subjects may not be a bad thing. After all, it will ensure that each child has a taste of each subject, allowing him to fully understand his own talents. If he has no real idea of what each subject is about, he may develop an opinion of each based merely on peer influence or hearsay. This is not healthy at all. Furthermore, if he does only a few subjects or immerses himself in a few activities, he may not be able to handle real problems and challenges in the world which are, more often than not, interdisciplinary and multifaceted.

Also, subjects that are compulsory at the early stage of education allow the child to discover his real abilities. Activities that are compulsory for all students will also expose them to a wider range of experiences that will enrich them. In their later school years, there should be choices made available in both areas as by then they will be able to choose wisely.

Hence, it is not a case of either choosing to make all school subjects and activities compulsory or that all should be given up to the students' free choice. The school should undertake to expose students to a range of subjects and experiences by subjecting them to the full repertoire of school life before allowing them to specialise later on when they are more mature. This will ensure a good balance in their education.

     
catchphrase   slogan
     
repertoire   range
     
multifaceted   complicated
 
 

 

370    371    372    373    374    375    376    377    378    379    380    381    382    383    384    385    386    387    388    389    390    391    392    393    394    395    396    397    398    399    400    401    402    403    404    405    406    407    408    409    410    411    412    413    414    415    416    417    418    419    420    421    422    423    424    425    426    427    428    429    430    431    432    433    434    435    436    437    438    439    440    441    442    443    444    445    446    447    448    449    450    451    452    453    454    455    456    457    458    459    460    461    462    463    464    465    466    467    468    469    470    471    472    473    474    475    476    477    478    479    480    481    482    483    484    485    486    487    488    489    490    491    492    493    494    495    496    497    498    499    500    501    502    503    504    505    506    507    508    509    510    511    512    513    514    515    516    517    518    519    520    521    522    523    524    525    526    527    528    529    530    531    532    533    534    535    536    537    538    539    540    541    542    543    544    545    546    547    548    549    550    551    552    553    554    555    556    557    558    559    560    561    562    563    564    565    566    567    568    569    570    571    572    573    574    575    576    577    578    579    580    581    582    583    584    585    586    587    588    589    590    591    592    593    594    595    596    597    598    599    600    601    602    603    604    605    606    607    608    609    610    611    612    613    614    615    616    617    618    619    620    621    622    623    624    625    626    627    628    629    630    631    632    633    634    635    636    637    638    639

Lower secondary English essays 1

 
Sponsored Links
 
 
American Slang
English Proverbs
English Exercises
Common English mistakes
Ancient Chinese stories
Junior English essays
High School English essays
Lower Secondary English essays