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  1. I want to do well on the Analytical writing but, I don't have anyway of knowing what my grade would be. Could someone grade or give feedback on my practice attempt???
  2. Nations should pass laws to preserve any remaining wilderness areas in their natural state, even if these areas could be developed for economic gain. Write a response in which you discuss your views on the policy and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider the possible consequences of implementing the policy and explain how these consequences shape your position. A country ought to preserve its forest areas because forests are one of the most crucial resources of oxygen, ores and herbs; however, the economic conditions of a country can not be neglected. Many a time, to stabilize the economy, the government has to use some areas of the jungle. Firstly, it is very important to have at least 33% area for the forest in any country to have a stable ecosystem because according to World Health Organization (WHO), 33% forests are enough to replenish the oxygen into the environment. So, the government should make the rules and regulations for the preservation of wilderness areas of the country. Having good control over these areas help in the reduction of the extinction of the species. On the other hand, wilderness areas also provide the raw material for various businesses. For example, cotton for clothes, wood for furniture, and paper. After having such benefits from jungles, the government should work upon the implementation of the laws for saving forests. However, we cannot ignore the fact that without a good economical conditions a government cannot run the country. So in order to improve the economy, the Government has to utilize some areas of the Jungle. Because if there is not a good economical condition of a country then there is no sense of having a rich wilderness area. By doing this, the government is opening doors for various mines and oil refineries because according to ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Company, India) there are plenty of resources of crude oil in various wilderness area across the globe. But, we can not forget the fact that if we want a healthy life then at least the 33 % area of the land must be preserved for the jungle. So, A government must make a policy for the country in which it should allocate as much as land possible to the forests and if it requires some area for the economic development of the country then they only utilize the area which is needed and which should not decrease the forest area of the country lesser than 33%. If these policies were implemented successfully then there would be an equilibrium in the ecosystem as well as the government can utilize only some portion of the land which will help to leverage its economy. Finally, after analysing each factor the conclusion could be that the government should preserve the remaining forests and in an emergency, if required they should use some forest area.
  3. Please review and score my first AWA essay so that I may know what my essay lacks in. My test is in 4 days. Any help will be much appreciated. Thank you . --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Men and women, because of their inherent physicaldifferences, cannot perform equitable tasks. 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. The extent to which men and women cannot equally perform mundane to specialized tasks is a complex issue involving a tug of war between them. On balance, however, I tend to agree that all humans regardless of their gender are capable of performing work of equal caliber, despite the physical difference. One compelling argument against such difference or domination (men and women cannot perform similar duties) is that in contemporary world, men are preceded by women and vice versa in every field be it the engineering field, or law; medicine or aeronautics; modern art or archaic art; innovation or technology. In fact, men reached space first and following them females stepped on moon and Mars. To further support this notion, in Pakistan and still in most Asian countries, only males are allowed and eligible to be fighter pilots in Air Force, however, a female fighter pilot Ayesha Farooq broke the stereotypes and is one of the first Asian female jet fighter thus proving that women are capable of performing similar tasks whether they be mundane or dangerous and can follow the footsteps of men in any profession. A second compelling argument against such domination is that females are making equally significant contributions as their male counterparts in various fields. For instance, a woman came up with an idea of supercomputers in 1980s and invented one of them. Steve Jobs was so influenced and inspired by this lady that he followed her idea, took it to next level and founded his company - Apple. Thus, both of their efforts resulted in latest advancement in computer technologies. Another compelling argument against such domination is that media is playing a crucial role in dissemination of an important message - Women are equally strong as men and are valiant enough to face the challenges of the world. For instance, modern day American series such as The Flash, Arrows, Superwoman convey the same message that men and women are equally strong to make significance in the word, despite their physical difference. Similarly, not just in US, media is disseminating this very same message to worldwide. Korean TV Series Weight Lifting Fairy and Strong Woman Do Bong So are examples of such an argument. In these series, the lead actor/actress are shown the strong and depicting some superpowers and using them to fight evil in the society. Korean TV Series Weight Lifting Fairy revolves around a story of Weight Lifter Kim Book Jo. This series supports the female weightlifters in Olympics and other sports competitions. Those who disagree with my perspective might argue that by nature, men and women are physically different. Men cannot give birth and likely, both genders have different roles to play in society. Moreover, in past women were confined to homes and were required to do house-keeping while men did labor. This home confinement culture is still prevalent in some parts of the world such as Pakistan. However, most of the people are waking up to this call and sending their daughters to school. Another example is of 19th century, American author Louisa May Alcott. Her famous novel “Little Women” –jumbled with a conflict between family responsibilities and personal ambitions, life and death - is said to be based on her own early life. Despite her open-minded father, she supported herself and her sisters with woman’s work such as sewing, doing laundry, and acting as a domestic servant. Soon, she discovered she could make more money writing and later on, became one of the famous classical American writer. However, this argument ignores the fact that in modern day, half of women force are active in a field of science and technology – standing shoulders to shoulders with men and together fighting against the odds, according to research (on Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls). This argument also overlooks that a nation cannot progress until its women are not empowered and stood with shoulder to shoulder with their men. Admittedly, there are many examples in history depicting that women can achieve everything a man can- such as, a politician Benazir Bhutto was the first female to become a Prime Minister in the history of Pakistan, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousfazai is a role model and inspiration for all those girls who are afraid to raise voice and demand their rights, and a film maker and female activist Sharmeen Obaid is the only and first woman to bring home the Oscars for her imminent work in film making. In conclusion, I acknowledge that females are, still, epitome of domestic servants in some parts of the world while males are the sole bread earners in family in some culture. Nevertheless, despite the inherent physical differences in men and women, both perform many tantamount duties and tasks, and do chores of similar nature thus, making history today in vast variety of fields- to name few – aeronautics, medicines, engineering, arts and designing, social sciences, bio informatics, etc. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  4. Please review and score my first AWA essay so that I may know what my essay lacks in. My test is in 4 days. Any help will be much appreciated. Thank you . --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Men and women, because of their inherent physicaldifferences, cannot perform equitable tasks. 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. The extent to which men and women cannot equally perform mundane to specialized tasks is a complex issue involving a tug of war between them. On balance, however, I tend to agree that all humans regardless of their gender are capable of performing work of equal caliber, despite the physical difference. One compelling argument against such difference or domination (men and women cannot perform similar duties) is that in contemporary world, men are preceded by women and vice versa in every field be it the engineering field, or law; medicine or aeronautics; modern art or archaic art; innovation or technology. In fact, men reached space first and following them females stepped on moon and Mars. To further support this notion, in Pakistan and still in most Asian countries, only males are allowed and eligible to be fighter pilots in Air Force, however, a female fighter pilot Ayesha Farooq broke the stereotypes and is one of the first Asian female jet fighter thus proving that women are capable of performing similar tasks whether they be mundane or dangerous and can follow the footsteps of men in any profession. A second compelling argument against such domination is that females are making equally significant contributions as their male counterparts in various fields. For instance, a woman came up with an idea of supercomputers in 1980s and invented one of them. Steve Jobs was so influenced and inspired by this lady that he followed her idea, took it to next level and founded his company - Apple. Thus, both of their efforts resulted in latest advancement in computer technologies. Another compelling argument against such domination is that media is playing a crucial role in dissemination of an important message - Women are equally strong as men and are valiant enough to face the challenges of the world. For instance, modern day American series such as The Flash, Arrows, Superwoman convey the same message that men and women are equally strong to make significance in the word, despite their physical difference. Similarly, not just in US, media is disseminating this very same message to worldwide. Korean TV Series Weight Lifting Fairy and Strong Woman Do Bong So are examples of such an argument. In these series, the lead actor/actress are shown the strong and depicting some superpowers and using them to fight evil in the society. Korean TV Series Weight Lifting Fairy revolves around a story of Weight Lifter Kim Book Jo. This series supports the female weightlifters in Olympics and other sports competitions. Those who disagree with my perspective might argue that by nature, men and women are physically different. Men cannot give birth and likely, both genders have different roles to play in society. Moreover, in past women were confined to homes and were required to do house-keeping while men did labor. This home confinement culture is still prevalent in some parts of the world such as Pakistan. However, most of the people are waking up to this call and sending their daughters to school. Another example is of 19th century, American author Louisa May Alcott. Her famous novel “Little Women” –jumbled with a conflict between family responsibilities and personal ambitions, life and death - is said to be based on her own early life. Despite her open-minded father, she supported herself and her sisters with woman’s work such as sewing, doing laundry, and acting as a domestic servant. Soon, she discovered she could make more money writing and later on, became one of the famous classical American writer. However, this argument ignores the fact that in modern day, half of women force are active in a field of science and technology – standing shoulders to shoulders with men and together fighting against the odds, according to research (on Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls). This argument also overlooks that a nation cannot progress until its women are not empowered and stood with shoulder to shoulder with their men. Admittedly, there are many examples in history depicting that women can achieve everything a man can- such as, a politician Benazir Bhutto was the first female to become a Prime Minister in the history of Pakistan, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousfazai is a role model and inspiration for all those girls who are afraid to raise voice and demand their rights, and a film maker and female activist Sharmeen Obaid is the only and first woman to bring home the Oscars for her imminent work in film making. In conclusion, I acknowledge that females are, still, epitome of domestic servants in some parts of the world while males are the sole bread earners in family in some culture. Nevertheless, despite the inherent physical differences in men and women, both perform many tantamount duties and tasks, and do chores of similar nature thus, making history today in vast variety of fields- to name few – aeronautics, medicines, engineering, arts and designing, social sciences, bio informatics, etc. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  5. I gave GRE in Oct 2013 and ended up with a score of 304 (VA: 147, QA: 157, AW: 3). I am planning to retake in the next 1–2 months. How should I plan and strategize so that I end up with a good score this time? I am basically aiming for an improvement by 20 points at least. Analysis of previous attempt: I can remember the test day very well. One of the reasons for my low score was the bad test center. The test center was noisy with people continuously coming in, going out and passing by. All these things distracted me a lot and pulled down my concentration. The keyboard and mouse were horrible. In Verbal, I normally had difficulty in reading and comprehending texts fast esp. long RCs and the presence of noise in the test center made it all the more difficult. I could not concentrate much while reading long RCs and most of the time, made guess work and moved on to the next question. I didn't know / couldn't recall the meaning of few words which made the Sentence Equivalence and Text Completion questions more difficult and time consuming. In Quans, I got stuck in 2-3 difficult questions initially and lost time I could have otherwise spent for the easy ones. I had to hurry towards the end and missed 1-2 questions. I had expected a 165+ for Quans with my preparation and my mocks from Kaplan but distractions took a toll and I had to read few questions repeatedly. In Analytical Writing, I did take time in understanding the arguments. I faced difficulty in expressing my thoughts in an excellent style. The keyboard was very hard and it was becoming very difficult to type correctly and fast. I could not write my essays to the length I wanted to because I lost a good of time in typing. As a result, I could not even proof read my write-ups. I had prepared from Kaplan GRE Premier 2011-12 ONLY. Did I trust the wrong book? Should I have followed some additional books as well? These questions bothered me just after the exam then in 2013 and still bothering me now when I am yet to start my preparation. I got to improve my ability to read and understand difficult and complex RCs fast. How can I do this? I don't have much time to prepare and want to go with a self-preparation plan. How do I prepare efficiently? Where should I focus? I would request experts and fellows to help me out urgently.
  6. Analytical Writing: Issue Essay All too often, companies hire outside consultants to suggest ways for the company to operate more efficiently. If companies were to spend more time listening to their own employees, such consultants would be unnecessary. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with these statements and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statements might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ I believe that hiring outside consultants to suggest possible changes is an effective method for improving processes and incorporating new and imaginative ideas in the workplace. When employees are all trained to do a certain activity and have been doing it successfully for some time, there is little need to seek possible improvements. Hiring a third party with a fresh set of eyes and an in-depth understanding of the industry is a great way to challenge the current status-quo of the hiring company. As far as the profitability of this action, it can be a risk. These consultants often charge a large fee and it would result in a loss of profits if they find nothing to significantly improve. Companies should spend some time listening to what their employees have to say and have periodic team meetings about current problems and possible improvements. Holding these meetings will better identify areas that need improvement and allows management to give them some flexibility to try their proposed new methods. Since it is not the specialty of the employees to this, they would be getting paid to do something other than the job they are best at and obligated to do; so it would be wise to rarely have such meetings. Listening to your employees is a great way to determine if you need to hire a third party consultant, but it is best for them to spend most of their time working on what they do best. If innovation is deemed necessary by management, it is best to opt to hire professional consultants if there is a sense that improvements must be made. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Analytical Writing: Argument Many lives might be saved if inoculations against cow flu were routinely administered to all people in areas where the disease is detected. However, since there is a small possibility that a person will die as a result of the inoculations, we cannot permit inoculations against cow flu to be routinely administered. Write a response in which you discuss what specific evidence is needed to evaluate the argument and explain how the evidence would weaken or strengthen the argument. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The passage states that many lives can be saved with the routine administration of inoculations for cow flu, but indicates there is a small percentage chance that a person with die after it is administered to them. This seems like a heavy risk/reward trade-off, especially with no hard numbers like to back it up like: how many people contract cow flu each year, how many die from the disease, how large the area and population density is in the detected areas, the percentage expected to die from the inoculations and if any age/gender/ethnicity is especially prone to fatality from the inoculations. No matter what, if there is even a slight chance of death there will have to be heavy regulations, warnings and public service announcements to help educate the public. If research is conducted and it is found that .001% of people die from receiving an inoculation, 5% of people who contract the virus die, cow flu is effecting a large, densely populated area and it is easily spread; this would greatly weaken the argument and routine administration should be approved. If research is conducted and it is found that 2% of people die from receiving an inoculation, .01% of people who contract the virus die, cow flu is detected in a small, less populated area and it is doesn't spread easily or is easily combated by a normal immune system; this would tremendously strengthen the argument and routine administration should be denied. For something this serious, large clinical trials from top medical research institutions would need to provide conclusive numbers to determine the risk/reward and amount of regulation needed. The government would have to analyze the numbers provided by the institutions and make a hard choice. In my examples, the numbers were large to demonstrate appropriate actions; but there is a point to where either enough people are dying from cow flu and we must take immediate action or there are relatively few deaths each year with a significantly high fatality rate from inoculations and we should not administer the inoculations until more research is done to provide a new vaccine with a lower fatality rate or if cow flu is at risk for becoming a national epidemic.
  7. Hi, I am a new member, making my first post. I would be delighted if some of the people here would help me out with my essay I have written on the analyzing an issue. Please tell me how much it would get out of 6 and any tips to make it better. Thanks in advance! Question: "A nation should require all its students to study the same national curriculum till they enter college." Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the recommendation and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, describe specific circumstances in which adopting the recommendation would or would not be advantageous and explain how these examples shape your position. Essay: One of the most important concerns of a nation is the education of its children. Many countries follow different policies in this regard, and they all have their pros and cons. The suggested proposal in the question is certainly an interesting one, because it is effecient and promotes equality but also overlooks some pitfalls, and hence may not fulfill its intended purpose. This policy will bring down the cost of education, because the scale of production of books etc.will increase. The nation can also boast of the uniformity of the standard of education that it has. By implementing this program, the nation can claim that a child in any nook and cranny of the country is learning the same things as the rest of the country. However, this proposal has some holes.Firstly, it is not the curriculum but how it is taught that determines how well a child learns a topic. Two children having the same textbook but different teachers can have a world of difference in their level of understanding. Secondly, the proposal fails to account for the regional aspects of the nation in the education of children. A great example of this is languages. It is certainly necessary to learn the national language, but the children should also be able to learn the laguage in the particular part of the nation that he/she resides in. Knowledge of this is going to be of greater practical value to the student. Thirdly, it is important to let children experiment and try out different things while in their youth so as to be able to find out their strangths and weaknesses. A student who wants to pursue History, for example, can only do as much as his curiculum allows him to. Thus,it is important to make sure that students are not churned out of schoold like robots out of facrories, but carefully nurture their individuality as well, which can be done by providing additional courses as extra options.
  8. The statement discussed a study conducted in a group of adults that were spending different amounts of time online. The results were that the adults that spent more time online had more trouble concentrating and a percentage of adults who spent more than 30 hours per week online often felt sad. The conclusion of the statement is that spending to much time online can be linked to depression, so people that want to improve their quality of life should limit their time on the internet. There is not sufficient information about the study to agree or disagree with the statement. Data like subject background should be taken into consideration. In addition to external factors that may have altered the subjects emotions during the study. Depression can run in the family and it may be for several reasons. The most common reason for adults with depression, that does not run in the family, is income. Struggling to get by on the day to day can cause a lot of stress and feelings of sadness, combine this with a lot of time spent online and it may lead to depression. Go on any website and you will see advertising, it is inevitable, so constant exposure to material things or the vacation you always wanted but can't afford can be overwhelming. Also social media has become more than a way of communicating it is also a portal to show the world your success and the nice things you have. As humans, even if we don't want to, we can't help but to compare ourselves to our peers and seeing someone have a lot of material things you cannot have, depending on the person, can lead to feeling of sadness. External factors such as the death of a loved one or losing a job could affect the test subjects emotions and therefore the results. There is no way to have the subjects in a control environment so nothing of this nature happens to them so the percentage of error has to be discussed in the results. My conclusion is that it is very possible that over exposure to the internet and social media can have negative effects on adults. Not only for the points I have already discussed like comparing our achievements and possessions to others but also because of one of the things that makes us human is the need we have to interact physically with another person. Real social interaction is imperative for a healthy emotional status and it is not replaceable. Apart from the fact, that is not discussed in the statement, that the time we spend online is mostly sitting so to have a healthy lifestyle we need to be active.
  9. The best ideas arise from a passionate interest in commonplace things Indeed, ordinary matters can arouse one’s emotions, leading to the creation of extraordinary products. Passionate interests can be assumed as talent. Everyone has different passions, thus, different talents in the world. In particular, these are seen with artists, musicians, and inventors, who seem especially interested and driven by various ordinary stimuli. The product that comes out of these are their works of art, music, and inventions, all of which are inspired by seemingly mundane tribulations. One such iconic figure today who made millions converting everyday struggles into works of art is Taylor Swift. It is said that each of her song is inspired by her relationships with men. For example, the song “we are never ever ever getting back together” describes her final sentiments about a relationship that keeps bouncing in and out of a breakup while “blank space” describes the craziness that would come from jealousy as a result of insecurity. Obviously, relationships are hard and create a different mix of emotions for everyone. These emotions can be expressed in many different ways but for Taylor Swift, her passionate interest, or talent, enables her to write songs about them. Similarly, Beethoven wrote beautiful and timeless piano music to express his emotions towards commonplace things. For instance, his “Moonlight Sonata” is inspired by the moon while his piece fast paced piece “rage over a lost penny” is inspired by such. To the layman, the moonlight and a lost penny don’t really stir much emotions and are usually unexciting events in one’s humdrum life. But for Beethoven, such matters stirred his passionate interests and, with his music writing talent, allowed him to create masterpieces. Not everyone can do what he did. The ‘best ideas’ can also arise from passionate interests created by need. One day, someone became tired of walking, washing the dishes and clothes by hand, and having to heat up food through the stove. The emotions created by these ‘commonplace things’ enabled the inventor to create the carriage, dishwasher, washing machine, and microwave, respectively. One of the greatest invention of our time is the lightbulb by Thomas Edison. One can assume that he really wanted to use a device more efficient than candlelight to maneuver his way through the dark. Thus, came his beautiful product, after countless trial and error. It may seem that before these inventions, no one had ever been hassled by such commonplace things as doing daily chores and whatnot. But some people, inventors, came along and, with their passions, produced some of the best ideas that would forever benefit mankind. Many people exemplify the idea that passion creates beautiful products inspired by ordinary mundane things. We can see this through the work of artists, musicians, and inventors. They have special interests where the layman may not. It is crucial that they exist because without them, human kind would not progress and advance in its evolution.
  10. To understand the most important characteristics of a society, one must study its major cities. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position. Essay: 437 words, spelling is check The issue of whether or not studying the major cities of a country could be used for determining the key characteristics of the society of that country is a contentious one. While each side has its strengths and weaknesses, I believe that major cities of a society has the potential ability to clearly demonstrate the most important characteristics of that society, because in most cases, major cities are located in the centers of civilization of a society an can be a good representative. Furthermore, major cities fairly consist of different types of people, so that they have enough diversity to be used as the study case for determining a society's major characteristics. In addition, major cities are developed in different aspects from social values to industry. First and foremost, a common phenomena is that major cities of an specific country are located near the most important center of civilizations of that country. The examples for this point is Isfahan and Shiraz in Iran which are located in the center of civilizations of ancient Iran. As major centers of civilizations have played an important role in building a society's characteristics, undoubtedly, studying major cities could result in figuring out the characteristics of a society. Second, by enlarging a cities, many many people from different social categories (workers, engineers, managers, etc.) will be attracted to the city, making that city a bold diverse center of populations. In social studies, the more diverse the research sample is, the more reliable the result of the study will be. Therefore, studying major cities of a society is definitely the most reliable way toward identifying the characteristic of that specific society. Finally, as almost major cities are developed in different aspects, from industry and economics to religion and education, by deepening the study into below layers of a major city, one can realize acceptable values and key characteristics of a society. However, one may argue that because the villages and small towns in a society are fairly kept away from technology, they represent the pure culture and characteristics of a society more than large cities. This point is flawed, since the concentration of population in these days are in cities and especially in major cities. These concentrations of people are true representative for a society as their numbers overwhelm the amount of populations in villages and small towns. In conclusion, since major cities are shaped in the primary centers of civilizations and also, they consist of too different kinds of people as well as developing in various aspects, in my opinion, they can be the most important representative for characteristic of a society.
  11. Hi everyone, I'm new to the forums, I'm going to take my second GRE to apply to grad school as an international student. In my first take, I got a 3 in my AWA section, which is why I want to re-take it and improve it. Any correction, comment or critique is welcomed. Please be strict! The following appeared in an article written by Dr. Karp, an anthropologist. "Twenty years ago, Dr. Field, a noted anthropologist, visited the island of Tertia and concluded from his observations that children in Tertia were reared by an entire village rather than by their own biological parents. However, my recent interviews with children living in the group of islands that includes Tertia show that these children spend much more time talking about their biological parents than about other adults in the village. This research of mine proves that Dr. Field's conclusion about Tertian village culture is invalid and thus that the observation-centered approach to studying cultures is invalid as well. The interview-centered method that my team of graduate students is currently using in Tertia will establish a much more accurate understanding of child-rearing traditions there and in other island cultures." Write a response in which you examine the stated and/or unstated assumptions of the argument. Be sure to explain how the argument depends on these assumptions and what the implications are for the argument if the assumptions prove unwarranted. Dr. Karp’s conclusion in his article, about Tertia’s children rearing, claims that his method and results are better than those of Dr. Field, 20 years ago, and thus, invalidating Dr. Field’s research and methods. Meaning that the interview-centered approach that Dr. Karp uses to study cultures in these islands is more accurate to understand the child-rearing traditions of them. First of all, Dr. Karp does not provide what questions he used in the interview with the children. If the questions were about his parents or nuclear family, the answers would be obviously about them, making Dr. Karp’s point stronger, but untrue. He needs to present those questions to see if they were inclined to the parents or were varied. Dr. Karp also fails to support why he says that Dr. Field’s observations are invalid, if the children speak more of their parents, does not mean that the village did not rear the children, when it might just be because the children would be closer to their progenitors. Also, Dr. Karp says that his interview-centered method of research is better than the observation-centered approach that Dr. Field used. But he does not present the possible flaws it could have, such as that in interviews people tend to think more their answers and are affected by the interviewer attitude, while when you observe them, they behave more naturally. If Dr. Karp provided the evidence that observation affects the behavior of the people being observed, and the interviews does not affect the authenticity of their answers, it would make Dr. Karp’s point stronger. Finally, Dr. Karp ignores the difference in the culture of the Island 20 years ago from the one that exists now. Maybe difference in results occurs because the Tertia’s society is very different than it was when Dr. Field made his study. Dr. Karp should consider both approaches in the same research, and compare results to verify if the methods do actually provide different conclusions or if it all was because of the change Tertia’s society suffered over time. In conclusion, when Dr. Karp takes all these points into consideration, one could assume his results are more valid than the ones he originally presented without such evidence.
  12. Hi guys, I am preparing for the GRE, for which I have 3 weeks left, to get into a PhD. program in Economics. I hope there are any of you who would like to out their critique and give some pointers on the 'present your perspective on an Issue' part. I wrote the following in 40 minutes. Thank you for your help, cheers A.I.E. Statement: 'School uniforms would decrease the violence in schools and increase the potential for learning.’ Uniformity leads to more homogenous classes and homogeneity will lead to less violence, since violence in schools comes mainly from bullying: bullying itself can be stimulated to a great extent because some children are ‘different’. Different is in many cases difference from the norm, and the norm can be expressed by clothing style. For a big part, these difference occur through the socio-economic situation in which a family finds itself. Introducing school uniforms will put these differences more to the background. In a safer environment children, children will be more stimulated to focus and enjoy their school, hence increasing their learning potential. A safer environment will always be better and more stimulating than an environment in which bullying occurs. School uniforms will not cease bullying to exist, other reasons for bullying will be found, but it will take away some of the stimuli for bullying. An environment where some motives for bullying is de-institutionalized, will be a more nutritious ground for children to flourish and grow into their full potential. Of course, this does not mean that the children will do this, but at least they have a better head start if they are willing to learn. From my own experience I know that socio-economic position can be a motive for bullies to pick on other children and that, for example, having the newest sneakers can give more self-esteem to children: this way they feel that they are accepted into a group. By introducing school uniforms, children will feel the need to identify themselves belonging to the dominant group (trend) to a lesser extent. Violence coming forth out of these reasons will be avoided. School uniforms will also symbolize that children from the same school, belong to the same group. This stimulates the idea that they have more in common: a group identity. Being accepted into the group, can also give confidence to children. This might just be the confidence they need to perform successfully in school. One might argue against the introduction of school uniforms, that it just fights a symptom and not the real cause of bullying: the bullies themselves. Fighting the cause of bullying (the bullies themselves) has proven to be very hard, so taking away motives for bullying will, if it does not help, not do any harm. Another, more subtle point, might be made against the introduction of school uniforms: it might lead children to be afraid of being different. I want to make two points against this argument: first, there are other ways of expressing uniqueness than in clothes (hairstyle for example) and even if a child wants to express difference through clothing, it has the opportunity to do this outside of school. Second, in this case, being different is often a choise and there are ways to be find to express this choice (if being different is not a choice, school uniforms will not cause it). But, if children don’t have this choice based on their socio-economic background it is more fair to these children to be accepted into the dominating discourse by introducing school uniforms. I have argued that a cause for violence in schools is based on a difference expressed in clothing, sometimes sprouting from a socio-economic position. If the latter is the case, then this difference can be solved by introducing school uniforms. A positive side effect from school uniforms is that it can stimulate group identity, which, in turn, can give confidence to children. It might not solve violence in schools, but it will take away some of the motives for bullies. This will lead to an environment in which unnecessary differences will be taken away, and lead to a safer environment for children. This safer environment will be more stimulative to children’s potential for learning.
  13. The following appeared as part of a letter to the editor of a scientific journal. "A recent study of eighteen rhesus monkeys provides clues as to the effects of birth order on an individual's levels of stimulation. The study showed that in stimulating situations (such as an encounter with an unfamiliar monkey), firstborn infant monkeys produce up to twice as much of the hormone cortisol, which primes the body for increased activity levels, as do their younger siblings. Firstborn humans also produce relatively high levels of cortisol in stimulating situations (such as the return of a parent after an absence). The study also found that during pregnancy, first-time mother monkeys had higher levels of cortisol than did those who had had several offspring." Write a response in which you discuss one or more alternative explanations that could rival the proposed explanation and explain how your explanation(s) can plausibly account for the facts presented in the argument. ... ... i wonder, the proposed explanation means the explanation for the effects of birth order right? then how could we offer another explanation without embracing a biological logic inward to back it up? and.. what could possibly be an alternative explanation? should i write about the fact that "A recent study of eighteen rhesus monkeys" is patently not convincing enough as we need more monkeys to do the research?... or is it just too trivial? maybe digressive? should i write about the logic between "the firstborn infants and first-time mother" does sound cogent as the cortisol can either be inherited through the genes or directly get from the mother side... > so... i have no any clue to continue with this argument, any help would be appreciated and awarded by blueberry muffins if possible...
  14. A nation should require all of its students to study the same national curriculum until they enter college. Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the recommendation and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, describe specific circumstances in which adopting the recommendation would or would not be advantageous and explain how these examples shape your position. This recommendation is expressing an obligation to a specific path of educational systems, that’s mean of hundred percent of student before the college should study the national curriculum until they enter college If we start from the beginning we can see how much the period of study before going to college is very necessary in forming the students education, then you can say it is the basic of each student education background for most necessary basics of educations in many subjects , therefore the college level is a late level for forming basics of students or we can assume that college is going to made a student who is more specific in many fields and they should focus on specific materials to study , hence we should consider that not all of students are going to college and the prove for this statement is the statistics of college’s student enrollment for each year , if we take a small example of America the great country during the last decades , America education system is supporting college education only for students with very high grades , through full scholarship or half , but if we think reasonably we can see the percent of students who granted college scholarship and also the rich students they are afford to cover whole college years tuitions to the number of students who is in low grades , also the students who is not able to afford college tuitions , we can see how much students going to lose a lot of cultural and languages skills about other nations , therefore by this recommendation we wasting the rights of nation to learn about other cultures , also we are going to build a close community to its self , then we can see the result of this decision or recommendation how much we grown a closed society on it self Its soundness logically to build a nation has the full awareness of other cultures by supporting a different parts for each year education to introduce to our primary , med , high schools students to understand different cultures therefore this will increase the ability in students to be interest in studying more deeply different cultures during college education , also I have to mention how much understanding of different culture and languages will increase many sides of nation economic by understanding each culture and tradition of other nations and countries to understand its internal markets , also the economic concepts of this nation , therefore the nation who is full of different culture understanding will increase the understanding of different markets , hence the reflection of this steps of educational process will reflect on nation industry , as an example of republic of china , we have seen how much china supporting its educational systems in teaching the Chinese culture for many years and during this old times we never heard about the great empire of Chinese industry like the present days and this is was a reflection of open society who is conscious about other nation culture and languages then start to target specific market , then we can see how much china is very success in spread all of its products and industries through all over the world , finally I’m not agree with this recommendations
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  16. "It is unfortunate that today's educators place so much emphasis on finding out what students want to include in the curriculum and then giving it to them. It is the educators' duty to determine the curriculum and the students' duty to study what is presented to them." I am not totally in agreement with the issue, the author is frowning over an issue which totally unecessary and doesnt find any resonance in todays times. Students of this generation right after their 10th or 12th grade decide what they want to do ahead in their career. Accordingly they want to pick and choose the courses. At the end of the day its the students who are ones who have to read the curriculum and make their career out of it. It should all depends on their interests and aspirations. Till recently we have been learning in a traditional way, the curicullams used to change very rarely, and the students are burdened with the courses which he was not at all interested. As the famous saying goes "You can take a camel to the pond but you cannot make it drink". Because having a tougher curicullam we are implicitly evicting the students who have lesser aptitude when compared to their contemporaries. However the choice of the curicullam is not right from the 1st grade, it generally starts from the under graduate level. Where learning every thing will take the student no where. But there are scenerios where its best if the educators prepare the curicullam. It applies to schools which have great professors who know best what are the latest advancement in a particular science. The schools and the professors who have a high standards, which are in sync with the research and development in that area and what are the latest trends of that particular industry. Hence the educators can definetly suggest and guide the students, But the students are the ones who have to take a call on what they want to read that best suits their aptitude. ------------------- Experts Please comment on my Issue, I will surely respond to yours if any.
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