Written by: Xuân Phi, 23/07/2023
Supported by: Ex-BC Examiner, 24/07/2023
Question: Some people argue that we should do research into their family history. Others, agree with the view that we should focus on the present and future generations. Discuss both views and give your own opinion.
(IELTS Academic – 22/07/2023)
It is sometimes considered that people should research about the history of their relatives, while opponents maintain that resources should rather be used to address ongoing issues and nurture future generations. This essay will elaborate on both perspectives and the reasons why I lean towards the latter one.
On the one hand, there are significant benefits of understanding the past of a family. The foremost one is the possibility of identifying genetic diseases such as asthma and Down syndrome. Early identification of these inherited health problems allows timely treatment which can save lives and enhance the quality of living. Furthermore, family research can forge the bonds between family members. It is because research findings usually include not only origins of the family but also stories of sacrifice and endeavour that their ancestors made to overcome hardship and difficulty. These are likely to evoke a profound sense of pride and belonging in later generations.
However, priorities should be given to present and coming generations for several reasons. The most compelling one is the need to address ongoing urgent issues including accommodation, employment and nourishment. Addressing these pressing problems will greatly improve people’s living standard, ultimately filling them with a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction. In addition, financial and time resources used for research into history, if invested in children’s development instead, will greatly benefit families. Specifically, these adequately-invested children have the potential to become capable and responsible members who can not only create wealth for themselves but also support others in the family, which might not be possible if they were neglected in favour of past research.
In conclusion, both sides of the argument have their own merits. However, I maintain that people should prioritise the present and future generations given the urgency of some fundamental problems and the importance of child rearing. That is why adult members of the family ought to collaborate to devise a comprehensive plan for a better use of resources to effectively satisfy these current and important demands.
(Word count: 332)
|Ongoing issues||Các vấn đề đang diễn ra|
|The past of a family||Quá khứ của một gia đình|
|Identify genetic diseases||Xác định bệnh di truyền|
|Early identification||Phát hiện sớm|
|Inherited health problems||Vấn đề sức khỏe di truyền|
|Evoke a profound sense of pride||Gợi lên một cảm giác tự hào sâu sắc|
|Coming generations||Thế hệ sắp tới|
|Pressing problems||Vấn đề cấp bách|
|A sense of fulfillment||Một cảm giác hoàn thành|
|Adequately-invested children||Trẻ em được đầu tư đầy đủ|
|Past research||Nghiên cứu trước đây|