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 require students to take? Why?
Firstly, compared with managing personal finances, cooking is more relaxing for high school students to learn. To be more specific, personal finance courses contain some economics-related knowledge, which is particularly tedious for high school students. However, cooking can bring a sense of enjoyment and fulfillment when students finish a dish with good flavor and share it with their classmates, relaxing the mind of students who are suffering from the overwhelming pressure in schools. My own story constitutes a shining example of this point. Last year, our teacher organized an activity of making dumplings. During the process, not only could we cooperate to knead, roll, and wrap, but also chat with each other. Although what we made looked grotesque, all of us felt proud and amused when sharing and tasting those dumplings together. I deem if such an activity became a routine and compulsory curriculum in high schools, every student would be freed from the struggling study at least for a while.
A school has been providing funding for students to participate in three types of after-school activities. Next year the school will only have enough money to continue one of these activities. Which one activity should be continued, and why?
A. Sports B. Art C. Volunteering (for example, helping improve the community)
Firstly, it is doing sports that helps students to improve their physical and mental health. For one thing, nowadays, it has become a daily routine for many students to sit in the classroom and to keep studying all day. Such a sedentary lifestyle may lead to several healthy problems, such as obesity, cervical spondylosis, and myopia. However, if schools can encourage and support students to participate in physical activities after school, students can seize the opportunity to exercise more frequently, which allows them to straighten their limbs, improves their immunity, and finally prevents them from those diseases. For another thing, as competition in school is increasingly intense in contemporary society, most students are highly stressed. Under this circumstance, immersing themselves in sweating enables students to temporarily escape from those troublesome issues such as their rankings and grades, which may be the most effective way to de-stress.
1. Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is better to take the most difficult or challenging classes in college or at university even if it means that you probably will not get top grades in them.
2. Some people always follow their dreams even if the dreams are ambitious. Some think we should focus on achieving realistic goals. Which do you agree with?
此题的对象没有说是学生，但是我们依然可以把压力作为我们的一个论点。若选择focus on achieving realistic goals，那其中一个分论点就可以是：脚踏实地的人承受的压力更小。由于realistic goals更容易实现，对于自身来说，不会有很大的心理负担；同时，也不会给身边的亲人朋友造成压力。