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Hi All, I have written the issue topic for the first time. please post your valuable comments. Thanks in advance!!! your reviews would be of great support. TOPIC Some people believe that competition for high grades motivates students to excel in the classroom. Others believe that such competition seriously limits the quality of real learning. Write a response in which you discuss which view more closely aligns with your own position and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should address both of the views presented. As stated by the above requirement, competition is very essential element for students to excel their academic and cultural skills. This can be motivated for ephemeral time period, to make them involved for extra-curricular activities which show casts their skills. The primary outcome of competition is to bring out one's inner potential and build to leadership qualities . Competition is healthy when it brings out positive results related to motivation, determination along with real learning quality. This gives them hands on experience and makes them to understand the difficulty existing in each and every task being involved. But, at times, it causes bitter outcomes, which makes some people go mad. Competition should exist only in students, not between parents. They shouldn't burden the kids with lots of homework and timetable ,which ultimately results in depression and stress. Students must be encouraged and enervated for their works. They should feel it interesting and positive feedback needs to be initialized from parents and their surroundings . They should be supervised under their mentor's guidance and continuous support brings them accolades and hudos. Time should be made very effective and students should be more focused on every activities. Each student posses his/her own skills and talent. Try to find out the potentials and give them moral support. They will come out with flying colors. Don't burden them at early age. Small minds is full of creativity and imagination. Being supported, the students reach the zenith. On the concluding note, people posses different opinions and views. Competition is necessary for both high grades as well as kids. This shouldn't make young minds burdened. Students are learning both real and academic skills as well.
Hello all :) Here's my issue essay response of one of the mock test which I've been giving lately. Would be grateful if anyone could analyze it and provide some incisive feedback. :) The issue at hand: Mass media and the internet have caused people’s attention spans to get shorter. However, the overall effect has been positive: while people are less able to focus on one thing, they more than make up for it with an enhanced ability to sort through large quantities of information and find what’s important. 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 or examples that could be used to challenge your position. My response: The given issue addresses the effect of mass media and internet on the common mass. It alleges that these two medium have resulted in people's attention span getting abridged. It further suggests that the arrant effect is positive as people have developed an enhanced ability to sort through large quantities of information and find what’s important. Nonetheless, I find myself in apposition to what has been stated in the issue. Firstly, I do believe that mass media and the internet have caused people's attention span to shorten. Mass media and the internet are two major and indefinite sources of information. There are many germane, as well as immaterial information available. It is of my opinion that this vastness has left a negative impact on the stake holders. Since it is a human tendency to get lured to superfluous data, they are prone to checking it out without completing their analysis of the current one. However, I find myself incapable of assimilating the fact that the overall effect has been positive. The claim raises a moot point that people have developed an enhanced ability to sort out large quantities of data according to one's need. However, I believe that this can be deceiving. Since the use of mass media and internet has made many people impetuous, their decisions cannot be relied upon. It is quite possible that many people sort out this data just by reading the title of the article. As we all know, a book cannot be judged from it's cover. Thus, one needs to skim through the topic in order to classify a certain topic as "not important". Another reason, why I believe that these two mediums renders the overall effect negative is because of the "mass media get-along" effect. It crudely means that people sometimes tend to follow the mass and thus, fail to distinguish their interests from others. For instance, an article about the recent Android Google Wear is being reiterated on the two platforms. Many people re-sharing it, or tweeting about it may make an ornithologist to not sort it out. However, that information is not of utter importance to an ornithologist, whose field of study is botany and birds. Recapitulating the ideas expressed in the above paraphrases, I certainly believe that excessive exposure to mass media and the internet overall has a negative effect on the mass. Thus, I don't feel it is becoming to justify that mass media and the internet have caused people’s attention spans to get shorter.
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shreyasnr posted a topic in GRE Analysis of an IssueI am trying to practice some essay writing. Here is a sample of what I have written. Please let me know your views on the same. Issue Topic: "In most societies, competition generally has more of a negative than a positive effect" Competition drives this era of a rapid technological and social change leading to increasing life complexity. It has both positive and negative effects. The winner gets it all and the looser is left with nothing. Competition is necessary in some fields to drive people to perform better, at the same time this brings in some of the major flaws in the basic methods people devise to win. I would like to take the example of basic sciences. People talk about how important basic sciences are in every walk of our life. Basic sciences have experienced a growth not very different from the microbial culture. Bacteria go through an exponential phase of growth, multiplying every few minutes, until they exhaust the medium or the essential nutrients required for them to grow. They, then go into a stationary phase. We in science have gone through an exponential phase of growth and we now have to cope with some of the stress and strain and the lack of nutrients. Basic science has come to a stationary phase. Think of a reason for this to happen, you come out with the answer as competition. One may feel that competition cannot affect the growth of basic sciences, but the fact is it has and it has affected in not a good way. More of the development that is currently happening in science is that of applied sciences, the engineering part of it. We as students at universities, strive to get the best scores by only studying what has been prescribed in the syllabus, we forget that the syllabus has been framed only to kindle the interest in us in a particular subject. In the competitive world where every single mark that we earn counts for our rank, we develop a narrow outlook where we start feeling that all that we have to study is something that is prescribed in our syllabus. Our innovative thinking dies. Instead, if we can manage to come out of the element of competition, we tend to see the other side of the world where more than just the text book plays a vital role. We start thinking. As the age-old aphorism goes, “Necessity is the mother of invention” is not usually correct. I would like to paraphrase in the inverse way, “Invention is the mother of necessity”. Most of the inventions have been serendipitous. Discovery of x-rays, invention of penicillin, polio vaccination were all accidental discoveries. None of these was oriented towards a particular goal. Research should not be goal oriented as it is required in this competitive world. Great inventions seldom take the world by storm. They must be cultivated to be understood, understood before they can be properly appreciated. For a successful invention, there is a necessity of time and financial support. These are a couple of things tough to ask for in a competitive world. Basic science today lacks both of the requirements. As I said, the nutrients required for the development of basic sciences is exhausted or people have diverted these to applied sciences where they thrive to win in the competitive world. Competition is good to a certain extent till it thrives the people to do something. But it should not be extended in all the fields and in all walks of life. Importance has to be given to researches which are time oriented as well.
"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.