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(Model essay) General exam question as seen in Australia on 23 September 2011

Posted on October 12, 2011 by

In many countries, young children are looked after during the day while their parents go to work.  In a sense, they are raised by guardians and not their biological parents.  What is your opinion of this family arrangement?

Customs regarding the raising of children vary from on culture to another.  In many countries, children are cared for by daytime guardians while their parents work to build careers.  It is argued that this form of rearing does not benefit children as much as when they are raised directly by their biological parents.  This will be proven by looking at how such a family arrangement causes misguided values and feelings of abandonment among the young people in question.

Firstly, parents who choose their professional goals over raising their children run the risk of setting poor examples for their offspring.  For instance, children of double-income families are often indirectly taught that money is more important than family unity.  These children grow up with unhealthy opinions about the significance of income level and could potentially become adults who judge other human beings based on monetary status.  As this reasoning shows, children are best raised by their parents.

Secondly, young children regularly separated from their parents may experience feelings of abandonment and this can lead to other problems.  For example, it is a proven fact that Canadian children of single, working parents tend not to perform as well in school as their classmates from nuclear familial arrangements boasting a stay-at-home mother or father.  This example shows that there is a clear link between a child’s academic performance and the level of attention they receive from their parents.  Thus, it is clear that young people are not benefited when they are raised by guardians.

After analyzing the above points, the merits of regular parental presence can be seen.  It has thus been proven that parents should avoid working patterns that are detrimental to the development of their children.  It is hoped parents everywhere commit to do what they can to ensure they are the primary guidance-providers of their young ones.

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Some argue younger people are not suitable for important positions in the government, while others think this is a good idea. Discuss both views and give your opinion.

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On the one hand, many argue that younger people should be made ineligible for important government positions, and the implications of this opinion are clear. Those operating at senior levels within a country’s military, for example, require field experience to prevent disastrous decisions that could cause the needless loss of life. Were younger people allowed to fast track their ascension within a country’s military, they could find themselves having to make critical choices based more on theoretical study than practical experience, and this could have catastrophic results. Thus, is it understandable why many feel younger government workers should be incubated before given promotion to important positions.

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Although the above look reveals solid evidence for both sides of the argument, it is felt that the healthiest approach to designating government positions is to ensure candidates fulfil rigorous training programs. Thus, a person’s age should not be considered a universal precursor to the awarding of government jobs.

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