Education plays an
important role in our life. However, some people consider it only a necessary
step in getting a job so they do not want to go to university after leaving
"Knowledge is power" as the
famous proverb says. It is transferred from generation to generation and
comprises different facts, skills and information. Through learning people get
knowledge and experience accumulated by their ancestors.
Of course, higher education is not
compulsory, but I strongly feel that going to university is very important to
everybody. In my opinion, higher education gives great opportunities and opens
all doors. Only an educated person can get a good job and be promoted. Nowadays
employers demand perfect knowledge. Education helps cultivate skills and
provides mental, moral and aesthetic development. Personally, I prefer
communicating with an intelligent person who knows a lot of interesting facts
and who can share his or her ideas with me.
However, some of my friends say that
they do not want to go to university and they would better get a well-paid job
soon after leaving school. It will give them an opportunity to get work experience
and some useful skills. But I doubt that they will be offered a really good job
and that they will be able to succeed without higher education.
In general, owing to education highly
industrialized cities are built, new information technologies are developed,
important discoveries are made. Without education society would become
primitive as it used to be long time ago. To my mind, everybody must realize
the importance of education as it is the guarantee of the development and
well-being of our society.
Home education is
becoming more and more popular. However, some people say it has a number of
Most parents send their sons and daughters
to school, but some of them choose home education for their children for some
reason or other. Instead of going to school children are educated by their
parents or professional tutors. Thousands of families in the UK are now
practising home- education.
Personally, I think that home schooling
is an excellent alternative to traditional education. To my mind, it has a lot
of advantages. Firstly, it is very convenient because you do not need to
observe school hours, days or terms. Besides, you do not need to have a fixed
timetable. Parents can provide a more personalized and adaptable learning
environment for the child. Secondly, the family can spend more time together.
Thirdly, children who have special educational needs are home educated when
school cannot meet the child's needs. In general, home schooling gives you an
opportunity to work on just what you want and when you want.
However, a lot of people are sure that
the aim of any educational establishment is not just to give knowledge but to
help their learners develop communication skills and team spirit. Children's
interaction with pupils of their age influences their character building.
School is not only a place for the imparting of knowledge, but it's a place for
the creation and development of the child's personality.
To'conclude, home schooling has its pros
and cons and it's up to the child's parents to decide which kind of education
is better for him or her. Anyway, parents must provide their children with
full-time education suitable to their age, ability and aptitude.
Some people say that
online education is an excellent alternative to traditional education. But
other people believe that virtual education cannot substitute traditional one.
Online education is rapidly increasing
thanks to the development of computer technology It is intended for those who
can't attend classes and communicate with the teacher face to face. Education
is delivered via the Internet, multimedia resources or videoconferencing.
Teachers and students communicate by exchanging electronic media or in real
Personally, I think that online
education is especially convenient for disabled people and for those who want
to work and receive higher education simultaneously You don't have to attend
classes and you can plan your day as you want. In my opinion, receiving
education online may be rather interesting. Some universities offer online
student support services, such as online advising and registration,
e-counseling, online textbook purchase, student governments and even student
However, a lot of people think that
online learning is not as effective as traditional education. Firstly, students
don't have an opportunity to communicate with their teachers and group-mates
face to face. If they want to ask a question or to receive some additional
information, they have to send an e-mail and wait for the teacher's answer.
Secondly, it is rather difficult for teachers to control students' knowledge,
to evaluate their progress, to appreciate their abilities and to find an
individual approach to everybody.
To conclude, I think that online
learning is a wonderful opportunity to receive higher education for some
people, although computer-based activities will hardly be able to replace
practical or classroom-based situations.
Some people think
that self-education is not very effective, while others say that it is the only
productive way of learning.
Is it possible for people to educate
themselves without help or support from others? Can self- taught people become
famous and successful?
In my opinion, people can learn without
schools and tutors. You can read books, speak to educated people or spend a
lot of time in libraries or on educational websites. Self-education has a lot
of advantages. Firstly, self-taught people are not dependent on others for
knowledge. Secondly, self-education can help you to be anything you want to be
or to do anything you want to do. Finally, it usually costs nothing and it does
not require fixed life style. Many famous and influential writers, artists,
architects, actors, musicians and even scientists were self-educated. They
thought that working was also learning and self-education was associated with
creativity. For example, Leonardo da Vinci, an Italian painter, sculptor,
architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor and writer
However, some people depend on teachers
and tutors for guidance. They want someone to help them and to show them the
way Others admit that they are too lazy to choose self-education. Indeed, most
people need somebody who will constantly make them study and encourage their
efforts to learn. So I think that self-education is only for hard-working,
persistent, diligent and curious people.
In conclusion, I would like to say that
if we learn the art of self-education, we will have an opportunity to improve
our knowledge and acquire new skills whenever and wherever we like. I believe
that the options of self-education are very flexible and the opportunities are
Some people think
that when they don't go to school, college or university, they don't learn.
Others say that we learn as long as we live.
Today a lot of people realize the
importance of lifelong learning. In the course of our lives we acquire
attitudes, skills and knowledge from daily experience, from family and
neighbours, from work and play and from other sources. Lifelong learning means
building, development and improvement of skills and knowledge throughout
people's lives and it comprises both formal and informal learning opportunities.
To my mind, when people leave school or
graduate from university, their learning continues. It takes place at all times
and in all places. Lifelong learning is a continuous process, going on from
birth to the end of our lives. It begins with learning from families,
educational institutions, workplaces and so on. Social organizations, religious
institutions, the mass media, information technologies, environment and nature
can also play a role in our learning. I strongly feel that both children and
adults need continuous development of intellect and capability. Even elderly
people never cease to learn. They can learn a great deal from such activities
as art, music, handicrafts or social work. Lifelong learning helps people
adapt to the modern life which is constantly changing.
However, there are many unintelligent
and ignorant people in the world. Most of them lack willingness and motivation
to learn. Some people are not ready to invest time, money and effort in their
education or training. Lifelong learning must be self-motivated because people
usually take responsibility for their own learning.
To conclude, I think that lifelong
learning is extremely beneficial because it helps adapt to changes, develop
natural abilities and open the mind. It increases our wisdom and makes our
lives more interesting and meaningful.
Some people believe
that exams are the best way to check the student's knowledge. Others are
convinced that exams don't always accurately measure the level of knowledge.
Most people have to get through exams at
certain points of their lives. But what is the real purpose of taking exams?
How important are they and do students benefit from them?
I strongly feel that examinations are
extremely useful because they make all students face an intellectual challenge
and test their knowledge, skills and abilities. Exams encourage young people
to improve their knowledge of the subject and to revise information which has
been learnt over a period of time. Students always know that they are to take
exams at the end of the term and learn the new material little by little so
that they won't have to cram later.
On the other hand, young people who
often miss classes sometimes receive passing grades as easily as those who have
attended classes regularly. When such students perform well on exams, it is
obvious that they have crammed or figured out a way to cheat. Besides, while
for some people taking exams is no big deal, most of us feel stressed. If a
student looks confused and worried and can't answer the teacher's question, it
may be the result of his or her nervousness. Unfortunately, exams cannot
determine stress factors and tell honest students from cheaters. But of course
it does not mean that exams must be abolished. Though exams are not always the
best method of evaluating the student's knowledge, they have a lot of
advantages and help teachers understand whether students are ready to be
promoted to the next level.
To sum up, I think that examinations are
important because they are a step toward students' future success.
Many people think
that homework is essential for every pupil. Others believe that it is of little
educational value and it may have a negative effect on learning.
Some people think that homework is rote
work which takes up children's time, without offering any benefit. But others
say that though boring, homework is going to benefit pupils later in life.
Personally, I think that homework plays
an important role in the pupil's education. Firstly, it teaches children to be
responsible and hard-working because it fosters independent learning. Secondly,
homework helps reinforce what pupils have already learnt, prepare them for
upcoming lessons and extend what they know. So homework assignments make
children learn more and revise the material that they have learnt at school.
Thirdly, homework provides an opportunity for parents to participate in their
However, too much homework is not good
as children also need some time to relax, exercise and play Homework takes a
lot of time and effort. Some pupils sit up and do their homework all night. It
is a well-known fact that lack of physical exercises and good sleep leads to
stress, heart attacks and obesity. What is more, some pupils do not have good
dictionaries, encyclopedias, computers with a good internet connection and
parents who can help them. As a result, children have great difficulty in doing
their homework and begin to hate it. But I believe that if pupils were not
given homework, they would spend their free time having fun or even doing
To sum up, teachers need to know what
their pupils understand and can do independently. Therefore, they give pupils
homework assignments. I am convinced that homework gives you an opportunity to
increase your knowledge, to improve your abilities and skills and to grasp new
Most people think
that it is very important to be literate. However, some of them say that literacy
is not essential.
The 21st century is the age of
information and technological advances. However, millions of people all over
the world remain illiterate. Even in developed countries a lot of people have
low literacy levels.
We live in a society where most people
are literate. That is why a person will feel ashamed and ill at ease if he or
she can't read or write as well as others do. As a rule such a person is considered
unintelligent and ill-bred. To my mind, people who make a lot of spelling and
grammar mistakes and who can't pronounce words correctly find it difficult to
find jobs, even when reading and writing are not necessary for the work. What
is more, statistics show that illiterate people are poorer and have worse
But in some families children don't have
an opportunity to go to school for different reasons. Such situation is
wide-spread in Third World countries. In some families parents don't read books
and never write letters or postcards. Reading and writing don't play a big part
in their lives. Such people make a lot of mistakes when they speak, but it does
not necessarily mean that they are stupid or ignorant. They can be good workers
and they can have much experience and worldly wisdom.
To conclude, I think that literacy is
very important for everybody. It helps us communicate with other people and
find a good job. However, the ability to read and write doesn't make people
Some people are
convinced that holidays, traditions and rituals play a very important role in
education. Others don't find it necessary to observe traditions at school.
Traditions, holidays and rituals link
the present with the past, help pass the knowledge, experience, wisdom,
skills, habits and practices of the older generations to the new ones. So it
seems necessary to make them part and parcel of the process of studies.
I strongly feel that children, teenagers
and young people should know and observe the traditions of their country.
Holidays, traditions and rituals help pupils learn more about the history and
culture of their country. Celebrating national and local holidays makes young
people united and has a great impact on their character-shaping. To my mind,
children should also know the origins of some holidays and the way they are
celebrated in other countries.
However, some people are convinced that
while at school pupils should concentrate on such subjects as mathematics,
physics, chemistry or foreign languages. Most parents don't find it necessary
to overburden children with additional information when they have so much
homework to do. Besides, they don't understand how schools can integrate
traditions, holidays and rituals into the curriculum. But I think there are
many interesting ways to do it. For example, teachers can prepare lessons
devoted to some public holidays or local occasions such as celebrations of
To conclude, our future depends on the
younger generation and adults must teach them to preserve the holidays,
customs, ceremonies, traditions and rituals that have become part and parcel
of our existence. We should adopt other people's experience and wisdom. And it
is well- known that holidays, traditions and rituals hold them in full measure.
Some people think
that creativity is an essential ability which must be taught at school. Others
say that creativity is not very important.
Teaching creativity is becoming a
topical issue nowadays. But many people still doubt if this ability is
essential for modern life.
To my mind, teaching creativity is
extremely important because school leavers and university graduates face a lot
of challenges in real life. Nowadays employers demand not only perfect
knowledge and work experience, but different qualities including creativity. If
you want to become a good specialist, you should be able to produce new and
original ideas and to use your imagination and inventiveness. Creative people
do their work faster and without much difficulty, while a person who lacks
creativity does it under pressure, forcing his or her brain. So creative
individuals are more likely to succeed, that it why teachers should focus on
creativity rather than conventional skills.
On the other hand, creativity is not
always encouraged at school. When pupils are given different tasks, they are
often supposed to do them following examples and the teacher's directions.
There is too much control at school and too little freedom. Besides, many tasks
are not interesting and they don't teach students to solve problems and to make
decisions. If teachers want to develop pupils' creativity, they should let
them make mistakes, experiment, express their ideas and look for unusual ways
of problem-solving. Children should be taught to be original. They should also
be taught to think, to make suggestions and to rely on personal judgment rather
than actual facts.
To sum up, creativity is an engine of
success. In my opinion, both pupils and teachers must work hard to develop
children's creativity because it will help them realize the full extent of
their own gifts.
Some people say that
punishment should be used in class to achieve discipline and to make pupils
study hard. Others are convinced that punishment does not motivate pupils to
There is still a lot of argument if
punishment must be used in schools. Traditionally pupils are punished for poor
progress, cutting lessons, lying, untidiness or rudeness. But some parents
think that schools have very strict rules and that teachers sometimes demand
Personally, I think that if pupils don't
work hard enough and behave inappropriately, they should be punished. For
example, if the pupil receives bad marks, the teacher can phone his or her parents
and tell them about their child's poor progress. As a rule, Moms and Dads know
how to punish their son or daughter. Parents can forbid their children to watch
TV, play computer games or leave the house during the free time in the
evenings. To my mind, it is useful to give pupils some extra work such as
writing an exercise or an essay, copying out a paragraph from a textbook,
learning a poem by heart and so on. It will help pupils improve their knowledge
and it will certainly teach them a lesson.
However, some people believe that any
kind of punishment humiliates pupils and makes them fear and suffer a shame.
Such people say that it is better to use awards to motivate boys and girls to
study hard and to behave well. According to them, good marks or praise show
pupils how much their work is appreciated and valued. But to my mind, teachers
should use both punishment and awards.
To conclude, there are plenty of ways for teachers to control academic
progress and to discourage pupils from breaking school rules. Anyway, I
strongly feel that strict systems usually work well.