IELTS Essay: Children Farming

IELTS Essay: Children Farming

It is sometimes suggested that primary schoolchildren should learn how to grow vegetables and keep animals.

Do you think that the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?

Some feel farming vegetables and taking care of animals should be added to the primary school curriculum. In my opinion, though there are drawbacks related to its feasibility, it would be a positive overall.

The disadvantages involve the struggles to implement this practice. Firstly, inner city schools do not have easy access to farms. A school in New York City already faced with rising student numbers and a lack of resources cannot be expected to bus thousands of students to nearby farmland on a regular basis. That would unequivocally be a poor allocation of limited resources. Secondly, even schools located in the countryside would have trouble enacting such an ambitious policy. They would need to connect with possibly reluctant local farms, convince teachers, parents, and students of the benefits, and divert funding towards a program with dubious 21st century value as society becomes increasingly urban and less agrarian.

Nonetheless, the skills learned would be transferrable and beneficial in themselves. Children learning to grow vegetables will be able to do that their entire lives and much more inclined to later tend a private garden. This can save money, encourage productivity, and improve health. Taking care of animals will also help them if they choose to keep livestock or pets. The greater benefit, however, will come from cultivation of personal qualities. Children will gain a greater sense of responsibility and internalise the real world effects of their negligence or dedication. Later in life regardless of their occupation and where they live, they will have increased self-reliance and a stronger recognition of how they can shape the world around them.

In conclusion, the personal benefits to raising animals and growing vegetables outweigh any perceived drawbacks concerning resources. Where possible, schools ought to enact these changes.

Analysis

1. Some feel farming vegetables and taking care of animals should be added to the primary school curriculum. 2. In my opinion, though there are drawbacks related to its feasibility, it would be a positive overall.

  1. Paraphrase the essay topic.
  2. Write a clear opinion. Read more about introductions here.

1. The disadvantages involve the struggles to implement this practice. 2. Firstly, inner city schools do not have easy access to farms. 3. A school in New York City already faced with rising student numbers and a lack of resources cannot be expected to bus thousands of students to nearby farmland on a regular basis. 4. That would unequivocally be a poor allocation of limited resources. 5. Secondly, even schools located in the countryside would have trouble enacting such an ambitious policy. 6. They would need to connect with possibly reluctant local farms, convince teachers, parents, and students of the benefits, and divert funding towards a program with dubious 21st century value as society becomes increasingly urban and less agrarian.

  1. Write a topic sentence with a clear main idea at the end.
  2. Begin your first main idea.
  3. Use a specific example to develop it.
  4. Conclude the main idea.
  5. Move to a second one because this questions asks for advantageS and disadvantageS, plural.
  6. Develop it fully.

1. Nonetheless, the skills learned would be transferrable and beneficial in themselves. 2. Children learning to grow vegetables will be able to do that their entire lives and much more inclined to later tend a private garden. 3. This can save money, encourage productivity, and improve health. 4. Taking care of animals will also help them if they choose to keep livestock or pets. 5. The greater benefit, however, will come from cultivation of personal qualities. 6. Children will gain a greater sense of responsibility and internalise the real world effects of their negligence or dedication. 7. Later in life regardless of their occupation and where they live, they will have increased self-reliance and a stronger recognition of how they can shape the world around them.

  1. Write a new topic sentence with a new main idea at the end.
  2. Explain your main idea.
  3. Develop it fully.
  4. Make sure you address both vegetables and animals.
  5. Focus on a second advantage.
  6. Develop it.
  7. Finish developing it fully.

1. In conclusion, the personal benefits to raising animals and growing vegetables outweigh any perceived drawbacks concerning resources. 2. Where possible, schools ought to enact these changes.

  1. Summarise your main ideas and repeat your opinion.
  2. Add a final thought. Read more about conclusions here.

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean?

Some feel farming vegetables and taking care of animals should be added to the primary school curriculum. In my opinion, though there are drawbacks related to its feasibility, it would be a positive overall.

The disadvantages involve the struggles to implement this practice. Firstly, inner city schools do not have easy access to farms. A school in New York City already faced with rising student numbers and a lack of resources cannot be expected to bus thousands of students to nearby farmland on a regular basis. That would unequivocally be a poor allocation of limited resources. Secondly, even schools located in the countryside would have trouble enacting such an ambitious policy. They would need to connect with possibly reluctant local farmsconvince teachers, parents, and students of the benefits, and divert funding towards a program with dubious 21st century value as society becomes increasingly urban and less agrarian.

Nonetheless, the skills learned would be transferrable and beneficial in themselves. Children learning to grow vegetables will be able to do that their entire lives and much more inclined to later tend a private garden. This can save money, encourage productivity, and improve health. Taking care of animals will also help them if they choose to keep livestock or pets. The greater benefit, however, will come from cultivation of personal qualities. Children will gain a greater sense of responsibility and internalise the real world effects of their negligence or dedicationLater in life regardless of their occupation and where they live, they will have increased self-reliance and a stronger recognition of how they can shape the world around them.

In conclusion, the personal benefits to raising animals and growing vegetables outweigh any perceived drawbacks concerning resourcesWhere possible, schools ought to enact these changes.

Answers

taking care of looking after

added combined

primary school curriculum what kids study in school

though despite

drawbacks disadvantages

feasibility possibility

positive overall good in general

involve deal with

struggles have to fight with

implement put into practice

practice change

inner city schools poor schools in cities

easy access to farms can get to farms conveniently

faced with combat

rising student numbers more and more students

a lack of resources not enough money, teachers, etc.

bus verb for to take the bus

nearby farmland farms not far away

on a regular basis day after day

unequivocally without question

poor allocation of limited resources not distributing money, etc. well

located found in

trouble enacting difficulty doing

ambitious policy big plan

connect with talk to

reluctant local farms not willing farmers

convince persuade

divert funding send money in a different direction

dubious 21st century value questionable importance nowadays

increasingly urban and less agrarian more and more cities, fewer farms

transferrable can be used in other ways

beneficial in themselves good on its own

entire lives whole life

much more inclined more likely to

later tend a private garden after that take care of a small, private garden

encourage productivity make more active

keep livestock raise animals

greater benefit larger advantage

cultivation growing

personal qualities characteristics

gain a greater sense of responsibility become more responsible

internalise know deeply, understand

real world effects actul impact

negligence not paying attention to

dedication paying attention to

later in life as they get older

regardless of their occupation no matter what job they do

increased self-reliance not need others

stronger recognition better ability to understand

shape have control over

personal benefits helps an individual

outweigh stronger than

perceived drawbacks concerning resources ostensible disadvantages related to money

where possible if it can be done

ought should

enact these changes make these reforms

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