You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Some people think that some subjects such as mathematics and philosophy are too difficult for children to learn at school. They think that these subjects should be made optional rather than compulsory.
To what extent do you agree or disagree?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
SAMPLE ANSWER: 279 words - Band 6.5 to 7.0
Many argue that children should be allowed to choose what kind of subject they want to study. In particular mathematics and philosophy are considered too hard for school children. I completely agree with this statement and in this essay I will explain my point of view and give some examples from my experience.
Firstly, children should have a choice to select what kind of subject they will learn. Some subjects are boring and difficult, philosophy for example is too complicated for young children, it is similar to religion and the textbooks are not clear even for adults. For instance, when I was at university, I studied philosophy for one year. However, by the end of that time I didn’t feel that I understood anything from my professor or the books he forced us to read. As a result, I feel I wasted my time and my money.
Furthermore, new subject are more exciting and more important than these boring ones. Nowadays, everybody must learn about information technology and our computers and calculators can do the mathematics calculations for us. Therefore, children do not have to learn boring subjects such as mathematics any more. For example, my children are learning how to make applications at their primary school and they use their laptop computers at school for every subject. My son laughs when I ask him if he can calculate. He says, he doesn’t need it because he designed and application which can calculate for him.
In conclusion, I completely agree that students should have an opportunity to select the subjects which they need or find interesting because they have a wider range of interesting choices and more advanced technology.