IELTS Essay 1209 - Young children to go to school as soon as possible

IELTS Writing Task 2/ IELTS Essay:

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Some people believe that it is important for young children to go to school as soon as possible. Others, however, believe that children should be allowed to stay at home and play until they are six or seven years old.

Which viewpoint do you agree with? Why?

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

Write at least 250 words. 



Model Answer: [Children should stay home and play until they are six or seven]

There has been a colossal upsurge in prodigies discussing the topic of appropriate school-going age for children. While many people believe that toddlers should start school as early as possible, others think that they should stay home until they turn six or seven. I, wholeheartedly, agree with the latter view.

The main reason most parents want their infants to join the school is to learn the fundamental things early. Undoubtedly, this is the age when a child's cognitive development occurs at a full pace, and schools are expected to provide them ample opportunities to learn and grab new things as compared to home. In schools, they will not only learn important subjects like "Mathematics" or "English" but also other behaviours and ethical aspects which will help in shaping their future.

On the flip side, children till the age of six or seven should spend time with their parents at home as they learn what they see, play with, or observe. In other words, they cannot distinguish between good and bad habits and can be misguided easily at school by peers. In addition to this, pressure in schools may restrict their ability to play freely and learn from their surroundings. Schools are often accused of restricting freedom and following strict rules, which is not a positive way of teaching young children. A recent survey in Washington has revealed that many schools education policy puts too much emphasis on formal learning and robs children of their creative abilities.  

To recapitulate, despite some benefits of starting school early, I think infants should not be sent to school until the age of six or seven to protect them from learning bad habits and provide them more independence to cherish their childhood and learn naturally.

[Written by - Deepak]

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Muhammad Ali Irshad
Some people believe that it is vital for children to attend school early while others believe that they should start going to schools once they turn to six or seven. I firmly believe that children should go to school at the age of six or seven due to several reasons.

Unfortunately, education, these days, has been commercialised heavily and numerous schools now admit children at the age of 2 or 3, which is too early for children to go to schools. This tender age is more suitable to spend time with parents and learn from nature and the surrounding environment than human teachers. Also, nowadays parents withdraw their responsibilitie s and send their youngsters to school or pre-schools to concentrate on their own career or to pursue their interest. So the bond between a child and parents does not grow strongly. For example, research indicates that children who spend time at home, go outside with their parents and learn from nature and from their parents rather than going to schools until they become at least six years old, end up doing much better and feel more attached to schools than those who were sent to schools early.

Moreover, teaching children moral values and important skills is mostly the responsibilitie s of the parents. So before sending offsprings to academic institutes, they should be taught at home, and there is no better place to learn morality and responsibility than home.

In conclusion, I think children should not go to school until the age of six or seven because this is more conducive for their mental growth and academic performance.