IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 73 - Government should not put money into building theaters and sports stadiums

IELTS Writing Task 2/ IELTS Essay:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Some people say the Government should not put money into building theaters and sports stadiums; they should spend more money on medical care and education.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?

You should write at least 250 words.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Model Answer:
What would the world be like without Shakespeare or the Olympics? While medical care and education are perhaps the highest causes to which money can be contributed, the arts and athletics are in some ways just as valuable. So, to ask the government to not extend support to these two areas could be just as detrimental to the welfare of society as the lack of sufficient health care and education.

The Romans believed in “Mens sana in corpore sano”, usually translated as "a sound mind in a sound body". In short, that there is indeed a correlation between a healthy body and healthy mind. When we are healthy, we feel better and so are more likely to be productive academically. Plus, the practice of sports can also teach us the very same discipline we need for our studies. Why even a brisk walk or watching an exciting athletic match can refresh the mind for greater work. Moreover, sports can serve to create healthier bodies, which in turn would serve as a form of “preventive medicine” thereby cutting down on medical costs. In the same vein, the arts are known to induce a sense of well-being in performers and audience alike, reducing mental problems and their associated physical manifestations and again, medical costs. As such, building theatres and stadiums, which spur interest in the arts and sports respectively, actually would be practically identical to spending money on medical care and education!

Now I realise the question specifically addresses the building of theatres and sports stadiums by the government. Some people would contend athletics and the arts can still be enjoyed and practised without such constructions. I would assert that these buildings stand as the altars to the sports and art worlds, inspiring would-be athletes and performers. Without such venues where would sports spectators and music aficionados be able to enjoy these events? Now some other people would also say business could support their construction, but we know the avarice of business could very likely jeopardise the lofty spirit of athletics and the arts just as well. Therefore, allowing the government to retain some say in the matter on behalf of the people would, I believe, be in the best interest of the people.

In short, as long as the government does no go overboard in its expenditures for these buildings and uses such venues for the benefit of all, then, as mentioned above, people will benefit in terms of both medical care and education as well. This is not to say the government should neglect medical care and education, but rather to think of this not as an either-or choice but as a win-win situation for all.

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+1 # Vimal 2016-01-27 13:45
The modern era is hectic in nature and all are in a hurry to make money. As a result of scientific advancements, the life expectancy of citizens has increased. Amusement parks and relaxation centers like parks and theatres are being built more frequently than ever. Some people believe that government spending on building theatres and sports stadiums is utterly a waste and the expenditure should be on healthcare and education.

To begin with, the government should mainly focus on developing the healthcare and education sector. If they do not consider these areas, our life will be in trouble. For instance, if money is not spent on roads, travelling would become terrific and energy and time will be wasted. The health condition of the population gets in trouble if they do not get adequate medical care. If we do not spend the necessary amount on schools, our children will not get a proper education. Moreover, if the government spend less on these important sectors, that would negatively affect the people, especially those are the needy for these facilities.

In contrast, theatres and sports stadium provide great pleasures to the populace. To begin, most of the theatres and stadiums need a huge amount of money and without the government aid, it cannot function properly. In their swamped life, people get relaxed and enthusiastic by these facilities. In addition, a significant amount of government revenue is generated from these entertainment facilities. For instance, by arranging cricket matches, government can get considerable ticket price and tax. This money can be utilised for the public welfare such as building new hospitals or repairing the roads.

After analysing both views, I feel that government expenditure on healthcare and education is a priority, while theatres and stadiums are also influencing the well-being of the population. So government should spend money on both of these sectors.
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