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1. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The best way to improve the quality of education in a country is to increase the teachers’ salaries.
There are different ways to improve the quality of education in a country, such as adopting modern technology in classrooms, providing professional development opportunities for teachers, and raising student parents’ awareness of the importance of education, to name a few. Some people believe that the best way to achieve this goal is to increase teachers’ salaries. I totally agree with this statement for the following reasons.
Increasing teachers’ salaries could result in better teaching quality in classrooms. Once teachers are paid more than before, the will undoubtedly become more motivated in teaching. As a result, they would like to spend more efforts on adopting innovative teaching methodologies in classrooms, providing sufficient feedbacks on students’ assignments, as well as conducting action research concerning the efficiency of classroom activities. All the above efforts could lead to better teaching quality in classrooms, which will help improve a country’s education quality eventually.
Moreover, increasing teachers’ salaries could enable students to study in a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere in classrooms. It is undeniable that teaching has always been a difficult and daunting task. If not paid well, teachers could not always maintain a positive mental status when they are teaching in classrooms. On the contrary, if paid well, teachers will feel much happier and tend to create a pleasant atmosphere in classroom. As everyone knows, learning environment, such as the atmosphere in classrooms could influence students’ attitudes towards study as well as learning outcome to a certain extent. Research studies have shown that students could become more motivated and could learn more effectively in a relaxed and pleasant learning environment. It is not exaggerated to conclude that increasing teachers’ salaries could benefit students because teachers will be more willing to create a better learning environment in classrooms.
In addition, being offered higher salaries, teaching positions will become more competitive, and thus attract more qualified teachers. It is not surprising that qualified and experienced teachers expect higher salaries. They will not apply for teaching positions that offer very poor salaries. In this sense, governments should fund education and encourage schools to raise teachers’ salaries, so as to attract better teaching faculties.
Based on the above discussion, raising teachers’ salaries could benefit education in various ways. There is no doubt that it is the best way to guarantee and to improve the quality of education in a country.
2. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Technology designed to make our life simpler actually makes our life more complicated.
It cannot be denied that technology enables people to live a better and more convenient life today. People have been enjoying high-tech products such as smart phones, car navigation system, and laptops, to name a few. However, it does not mean that those high-tech tools make our life easier now than in the past. In fact, technology makes our life far more complicated today as illustrated in the following parts.
High-tech tools can save lots of labor work, but sometimes they are not as “smart” as we expect. I would like to use car navigation system as an example. In the past, people could only refer to printed maps to find ways to their destinations. Nowadays, car navigation system can automatically find the right path for us. It seems that car navigation system is far more convenient than printed maps. However, in order to install the system, we need to download the digital maps before ahead and make sure that our destinations are recognizable. If the system fails to recognize the destination, it sometimes does not stop navigating, but lead us to somewhere else. Once I was driving from Californiato a Native American Reservation in Arizona, the car navigation failed to find the right path and led me to a small town that I had never heard of.Fortunately, I found a gas station and the employees there showed me the correct way. My own experience shows that high-tech products might not be always as reliable as we expect.
Another example of how technology has made our life more complicated is online shopping. Nowadays, more and more people choose to shop clothes online, so tosave time and efforts. Admittedly, shopping online is convenient to some extent compared with going to a shopping mall, because we could stay at home and checkout with several clicks. All we need to do then is to wait until our new clothes are delivered to us. However, many people had terrible shopping experience in that the colors and designs of those clothes are not exactly the same as they are described online. Moreover, the size might not fit us, which is not expected either. In this case, we need to follow a complicated returning process, completing forms needed for returning and going to the local express service to send the clothes back. The process of returning is extremely daunting, which usually takes a long time for us to get our money back.
Based on the above discussion, it could be concluded that sometimes technology is not as convenient as we expect. Should we just refuse to use high-tech products? I do not think so. I believe that modern technology is still developing, and it will definitely make our life more and more comfortable and convenient in the future.
3. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? In order to attract good students, a university should spend a lot of money funding social activities.
Nowadays, students and parents will consider a variety of factors when choosing which university to apply for, such as the general teaching quality, the facilities on campus, the living condition of students’ dormitory, to name a few. Some people argue that in order to attract students of better academic backgrounds, universities should spend a lot of money on funding social activities. I disagree with this statement, and I believe that universities could attract students by spending money on improving their teaching quality and purchasing facilities on campus.
Universities should spend more budgets on improving teaching quality, so as to attract good students. The most critical factor that students of outstanding academic backgrounds would consider when choosing which university to apply for is the quality of education of that university. This is because those students expect to learn more academic knowledge in university-level study, and thus get more prepared for their future work. Therefore, in order to attract this group of students, universities should spend money on providing teaching faculties with professional development opportunities as well as teacher training. In this way, professors as well as other faculty members will become more qualified and professional in their fields, and adopt appropriate methodologies in classrooms. As a result, the general teaching quality in the university will be improved. This would definitely attract and impress more future students who prefer universities of high-level educational quality.
Moreover, universities should also spend money on purchasing new facilities on campus to attract good students. Both students and their parents would like to choose universities of better learning environment and accommodation conditions, especially outstanding students who have higher expectations on their university life. Therefore, in order to attract those students, universities need to make sure that they are facilitated with comfortable students’ dormitories, large playground and gyms, and computers of good quality as well. It is not exaggerated to say that sometimes students are more willing to choose a university with better facilities even if the university is not ranked top.
Admittedly, funding social activities can make universities famous and thus known to students to a certain extent. However, simply by spending money on those activities irrelevant to students’ needs and wants, universities cannot attract students in a long run. After all, when deciding which university to apply for, outstanding studentst end to consider the teaching quality and facilities in a university far more than how much money the university spend on social activities.