IELTS Writing Task 2 : Education
Type : Advantages outweigh disadvantages
It is suggested that primary school children should learn how to grow vegetables and keep animals. Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages?
Sample Answer :
Some people believe that children should learn how to grow vegetables and raise animals in primary school. I believe this is an absolute necessary life skill that all children must learn, and that there are essentially no negative sides to this argument.
Firstly, alongside sunlight and water, food is one of the basic necessities of life. Without these three things, human beings cannot survive, so it only serves to reason that it is highly important for children to learn how to provide themselves with the necessities of life. The current state of the world proves that globalisation only causes more problems than it solves, and therefore people must return to living in smaller, community-based societies where they are responsible for sustaining themselves, which means growing their own food. In many poorer, developing nations, this is still the case, however it is rapidly changing. Teaching people, especially children, how to grow their own food, is the first step back towards sustainable living.
Furthermore, learning how to grow your own food not only provides people with a sense of independence and freedom, but also helps them to connect with nature, which is one of the most effective stress relieving activities for people of any age. By learning how to grow food, children can learn about nature and will have a closer connection and better awareness of the food they eat. In turn, this will help them to make smarter dietary choices, by avoiding genetically modified and chemically grown foods that negatively impact their health, and therefore create societies of healthier people, which will have countless positive outcomes.
In conclusion, while some people may believe that there are more important subjects to learn at school, I believe that learning to grow vegetables and raise animals is one of the most important and practical life skills that people of all ages should have.