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  1. Hi! I would GREATLY appreciate if someone would mind critiquing my Issue Task writing below. This is my first attempt at one. After reading it over myself, I do realize that more detailed examples would help to support the argument. However, I had a difficult time thinking of one that wouldn't be able to be argued that it's a generalization. Ex. Someone pursuing a medical or law degree for the sole reason that their family is encouraging them to (for obvious reasons of job security and pay). And using this as an example as someone being more likely to burnout or be unhappy with their career if they choose a field just because someone told them to and not because it is their passion. PROMPT: Educational institutions have a responsibility to dissuade students from pursuing fields of study in which they are unlikely to succeed. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim. In developing and supporting your position, be sure to address the most compelling reasons and/or examples that could be used to challenge your position. Education institutions have many duties, including helping to guide student. However, dissuading a student based upon what other individuals think would be best for the student is not a responsibility educational institutions should care. While going through the educational process students are not only learning the content and material of the courses they are taking, but they are also learning about themselves. As they are doing this they are finding out their passions and where they would like to hone in on their studies for ideally what will be the career of their dreams. To direct someone during this process based upon outside opinion and not based upon the students thoughts or passions of their own would be doing a disservice and could very well prevent a student from pursuing their passion. Another point educational institutions should consider is the variety of students within the institution. Not every student is at the same point of deciding what they want to pursue as a future career. Just as that varies, so do student’s motivations to do well. Some enjoy doing what comes easy to them. There are other types of individuals out there that enjoy doing something for the sole reason that it is a challenge. We’ve all heard of the type. When someone is told that they cannot do something, it only drives them even more to do it. However, as important as self-guidance is, I do agree that there should be some balance between self guidance and outside guidance. Being critiqued and given other points of perspectives of one’s self is always helpful, whether or not it seriously be taken into consideration or not. In the end though, I feel that it should ultimately be up to the student and what drives them and where their passion lies. If you think about yourself, what activity do you really enjoy? Now what drives you to actually do that activity, the fact that you yourself want to do it or the though that someone else wants you to do it? Guidance is always helpful but in the end, only the students themselves can truly know what field of study would be best for them to pursue. To go as far to dissuade an individual against a field they feel they might be passionate about would be a disservice done by the educational institution. Especially considering, they will be the ones actually doing it, not their mentors or teachers. Thank you so much!!!
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