A: My favorite subject in school was math. I love math because no matter how complex the problems are, there are always solutions to them, and I can always find the solutions. Maybe I have inherited a certain gift from my parents who are both scientists. The day I first started to learn algebra was fantastic. Suddenly, there weren’t just numbers involved, but letters too! That opened up a new world of possibilities. I remember spending an entire rainy afternoon just solving algebra problems for fun. I also love math because it is everywhere around you. The measurements for the building you’re in, the equations necessary to make a car engine run…Math is so fundamental to our lives. It’s wonderful.
B: I studied English for 12 years and French for the past 2 years, and I have to say I really love studying foreign languages as a subject. I take great pleasure in being able to talk and interact with people of different countries, and to hear them express divergent views on the same issue. Also, English or French come in quite handy when I travel to Europe. Traveling is so much easier if you can read the metro schedule and you can discuss the price with the taxi driver. You also know a little better what you’re eating when you order from the menu.
It is a very good idea to have children do chores around the house. I also think that this can start at a very early age. It is not necessarily about getting the job done, because the parents can do the dishes much faster when they do it themselves. It is about teaching the children that everybody in the family has to pitch in, that work doesn't get done by itself and that there will come a day when they will be the ones responsible to get things done. It's good to be prepared for the life they will live on their own one day. I also think it helps children become more self-sufficient and give them better self-awareness when they can do something for somebody else and derive satisfaction from that.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Students could receive a better, more efficient education if they spend 11 months a year studying.