Education 01

TOPIC

Is school necessary?

Essay

◆ Pros
 I believe that school is necessary for the two following reasons.
 The first reason is that people learn how to behave in this society at school and people have to live in the society as long as they are alive. School is a miniature of the society and just going to school every day provides people with so many things to learn about this society. It is school that tells people how the society works. It is school that helps people learn about human relationships. These things are extremely important because being on good terms with others has massive impact on one’s happiness.
 The second reason is that without school education, it is extremely difficult for people to live in this modern world. It is school education that provides people with the foundation to do any intellectual activity. It is school education that provides people with future possibility. It is extremely important for people to learn many things especially when they are young because it massively narrows one’s life not to know what kind of options they have in this world as a result of not going to school.
 For the aforementioned two reasons, I believe that school is necessary.
(202 Words)

◆ Cons
 I do not believe that school is necessary for the two following reasons.
 The first reason is that school education is not practical. Most of things which school education provides are useless in real life and most people forget most of things which they were forced to learn at school. There are so many other things to learn to lead a happy life, such as how to maintain health physically and mentally, how to establish good human relationships, how to find what one loves and make enough money by it. School fails to provide any of these things which are indispensable for happy life.
 The second reason is that different people have different aims in life. This is not specific to school. It is an encroachment on basic human rights to force people to do something they do not need or want. Since human beings are extremely intelligent animals and it is extremely unintelligent and outdated to force opinions on others, human beings should come to be able to accept the fact that everyone is different and acknowledge it.
 For the aforementioned two reasons, I do not believe that school is necessary.
(194 Words)

Date:November 17, 2011

メモ

◆ トピック:学校は必要か?

ゆとり教育、ホームスクーリング、学校に行かない人の増加など、「学校」の在り方が変わってきているので、よく耳にするトピックだと思います。

賛成派では、
「社会勉強になる事」
「教育なしでは現代で生きていくのは難しい事」
の2つを、キーアイディアに書いてみました。

反論としては、
「学校は社会とは隔離された世界で、社会に出た後の練習にはならないのではないか?」
「わざわざ学校に通わなくても、教育を受ける事は出来るのではないか?」
などが考えられます。

反対派では、
「学校教育は実生活で役に立たない事」
「人それぞれ、人生の目的が違う事」
の2つを、キーアイディアに書いてみました。

反論としては、
「学校で習った算数や国語の知識のおかげで私たちはふだん計算したり本を読んだりできるのではないか?」
「人それぞれ、というが、みんなが従うべき義務もあるのではないか?」
などが考えられますね。

ちなみに、私は個人的に、厳密には、「人による」と思います。
ですので、このエッセイでも、序論で、「It depends on people.」等と言ってから、学校が必要な人と、必要でない人を場合分けして、本論を進めていくと言うのもありだと思います。
また、厳密にではなく、一般的には、「現在の学校教育の内容から判断すると、小学校までは必要だが、それ以降は必要ない」と私は思っています。
あなたは、どう思われますか?
反論に対する答えも、是非、ご自身で考えてみてください。