TOEFL Essay Topic 124 - Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? It is more important for students to study history and literature than it is for them to study science and mathematics. Use specific reasons and examples to support your opinion.
Some people advocate that students should spend much more time on history and literature than on science and mathematics. They
Some people advocate that students should spend much more time on history and literature than on science and mathematics. They may have their seemingly reasonable arguments, but unfortunately, I disagree with them.
First, have a look at your surroundings, have your caught a sight of computers, cars or TV sets? When you are working, do you think computers are quite convenient and do a lot of good to you? When you are tired, do you want to watch TV? Without your car, can you work home as freely as before? But remember, without science and technology improving, all these things are absolutely unavailable to you. You must walk home no matter it is how far from your working place. You can of course recite poems when walking, but can you avoid tired?
Second, it is announced that we will soon develop a new kind of computer which is hundreds of thousands times faster than what we currently have, are you looking forward to it? But if all students learn so less science and math on campus and all turned up to be poets or writers, who can you expect to develop such technology in the future?
Third, to learn science and math at school will improve you brain, turning it to be a more smart and intelligent one. Scientific and mathematic knowledge is logical and full of intelligent thoughts. It can greatly sharp your eyes. For example, when you look at sky, what you can see are merely a lot of stars, irregularly dispersed there. But if you have some knowledge of astronomy, you will be able to tell out which one is a star or a planet, and why some star looks yellow-white while some others looks red-white or blue-white. In this way the sky is an interesting place full of wonders instead of merely a cluster of stars.
Of course, I do not say this so that we can skip learning history and literature. The latter two are of important to us too even when we want to be scientists or engineers, no to mention if we want to be poets or writers. They can fill us with historical and literal knowledge, which can help to sharp our personality.
I think it is proper to point out that as science students, we should definitely learn more science and math knowledge than history and literature.