Question:: People say that it is a waste of time for high school students to learn literature such as novels and poems. Do you agree or disagree?
Many claim that high school students have to study too many subjects, some of which are of little or no value at all like literature. While their arguments may be justified to some extent, I would argue that we should not overlook the benefits that literature can bring to one’s personal development.
People who do not see the value of teaching literature at high school argue that novels and poetry are not practical and useful for children’s future. Firstly, very few careers require one to analyze or critique a literary work. Rather, a vast majority of professions demand practical skills and knowledge in scientific or economic fields. Secondly, literature taught at school tends to be outdated and irrelevant to our current reality. Most of the novels and poems were written in the distant past and capture long-gone days and issues. Therefore, not much knowledge gained could be used for working purposes.
However, I firmly believe in tremendous values embedded in this subject. From a practical perspective, the skillset fostered in literature classes is just as essential for working adults as in any other subject. One cannot deny that the ability to use written and spoken language efficiently is crucial for effective communication in all aspects of life. Critical reading is another fundamental skill a person needs in the information era. Furthermore, unrealistic as they might look, fictional works and poetry convey moral and social messages that have timeless qualities. For example, students learn about companionship in the poet called ‘Comrade’, or family ties and problems in the novel called ‘The farewell of the dolls’.
In conclusion, although some may think literature is an unnecessary subject, I am convinced that learning literary pieces helps students to develop their language ability and raise awareness of moral and social issues.
Body 1 ( others’ ideas)
– very few careers require a literary work – vast majority demand practical skills and knowledge
– outdated and irrelevant – written in the distant past and capture long-gone days
Body 2 (our side)
– written and spoken language – crucial for effective communication – Critical reading
– convey moral and social messages that have timeless qualities – learn about companionship – family ties and problems
– critique: to give an opinion or judgment about a piece or work, book, film
– the distant past: ngày xưa
– capture long-gone days: phản ảnh quá khứ
– embedded in: existing or firmly attached within something or under a surface (gắn vào)
– convey moral and social messages: truyền tải thông điệp đạo đức & xã hội
– timeless qualities: giá trị vượt thời gian (vĩnh cửu)
– companionship: the enjoyment of spending time with other people (bằng hữu)
– family ties: quan hệ/liên kết gia đình