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1.Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Nowadays people are more willing to help strangers than they were in the past.
Nowadays, people live and work under great pressure. It has been criticized for a long time that people today are less willing to help others because of busy and stressful life. Based on what Ihave learned about this topic, I have to admit that people today do spend less effort on helping others.
To begin with, people tend not to trust each other than before because many of us have the experience of being cheated. Take myself as an example. When I study abroad two years ago, I got several cram calls from strangers saying that I need to transfer money to them, or the police would come and arrest me. When I heard this, I felt so frightened and wrote an email to the Center of International Education in my university. The school faculty told me not to trust those cram calls and call the police for help if it happens again. After that I seldom answer phone numbers I do not know, and became less willing to help strangers because I am not sure if they are really in trouble or not.
Moreover, many people today are so busy with their study or work that they don’t care what is happening to others. Many of my friends are struggling with their college entrance exam and job hunting.If it were I that asking for help, my friends would definitely try to offer help. However, for strangers, it is less possible that they would spend the time and efforts helping them.
Last but not least, sometimes helping strangers might bring us danger. This is particular true when experiencing natural disasters. People have the instinct to protect themselves over help others. I believe that this is not of lower moral standard, but the nature of human being.
To sum up, people are less willing to help strangers because they are too busy with their life, and tend not to trust strangers. Also, people have the instinct to not involve themselves in danger and troubles.
2.A high school has decided that all students must take a class in which they learn a practical skill. School administrators are trying to decide whether to hold a class in cooking, managing personal finances or auto repair. Which do you think the school should require students to take? Why?
In my home country, the curricula inhigh schools are extremely intense for students. Many high school students are under great pressure at school, and they might feel stressed out if one more required course is added to the busy schedule. However, if they have to choose one course to take, I believe that a cooking class is better than a personal financial management class or auto repair class, because a cooking class could benefit students in different ways.
To begin with, a cooking class could provide students with opportunities to relax and escape from intense academic study for a while. In a cooking class, students neither need to read lots of materials nor to solve complicated mathematic problems. What they need to do is to follow the chef’s instructions and learn how to serve delicious dishes. Moreover, students could cooperate and communicate with each other during the process of cooking. By working cooperatively with their peers, students could learn more about their classmates and thus become friends with each other, which is almost impossible in classrooms where students are forbidden to discuss in my home country. Thus, a cooking class could help students relax in a pleasant atmosphere.
Another advantage of cooking class is that the skill of cooking could benefits students in a long run. In the future, some high students might choose to enter colleges or universities in their home country, whereas others will choose to study abroad. It is possible that many of them will relocate to a new city and live in apartments with roommates. If those students have learned how to cook during high school, they could cook by themselves, and treat their friends with delicious dishes when they have time. In this way, the students could save a lot of money because they do not have to eat outside in restaurants that are usually more expensive than cooking at home. Moreover, the students’ friends would appreciate a lot being invited to their places and served with mouthwatering dishes. Hence, a cooking class could benefit students even after their graduation.
Compared with a cooking class, a personal financial management course would be too boring because students still need to sit in classrooms and complete difficult tasks. As for an auto-repair course, students might find it dangerous because they need to use tools that they are not familiar with to repair cars. Furthermore, in order to open an auto-repair course, high schools need to spend a lot of money purchasing vehicles and equipment. I am afraid that the administration offices in highschools are not fond of this idea.
Based on the above discussion, a cooking class could benefit students in that they could relieve the pressure from academic learning, and could utilize the skill of cooking in the future.