TOEFL Essay Topic 126 - Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? There is nothing that young people can teach older people. Use specific reasons and examples to support your position.
Who says only old people can teach young people? We admit that elder people have much more experiences than our
Who says only old people can teach young people? We admit that elder people have much more experiences than our young people, and it is true that they can give us many guidance when we meet problems or unsolved difficulties. However, with the rapid development of a modern society, young people can also teach the elder people a lot. They can update new technologies for the elders, share attitudes towards life with them and bring freshness into their lives.
Since living in a very fast developing society, we need to make contact with many new technologies everyday. In other words, we need to learn everyday to keep up with the latest development. For example, computers are now very popular, but we seldom see the elders to use computers. If they can learn how to use them from young people, they will definitely be beneficial from this new machine because computers have brought a lot of changes to our lives and made us experience a different life. Young people are known for their quick understanding and acceptance new things, so I think they can teach the elder about new technologies used in our daily life.
The attitudes of young people are totally different from old people. Mostly they are more positive and energetic than old people. They have a different angle to judge something. Sometimes the elders are passive towards life because they went through a lot of frustrations, on the contrary, young people are full of energy towards the life, they are always optimistic even though they met some frustrations. They proudly say because they are young, they can try millions of times. In some degree, young people`s attitudes may influence old people.
Young people also can share with old people what they like, which may lead a change of old people. As we know, most young people like popular music or even rock-and-role. However, most old people hate that kind of music. But I have an example to show that young people can change an elder: I have a friend who likes Japanese music very well, everyday she plays this music at home. Her grandmother often asks her to stop the music and asks her why she likes them very much. My friend tells her grandmother about the history of Japanese music and shows a lot of clippings. Gradually her grandmother likes Japanese music as well, which made us so surprised. Now if we go to their house, we can see my friend and her grandmother listening Japanese music together and share the feelings as well. You must be surprised like me when you know the story, but it did happen!
So, no matter what age group you belong to, we must believe that everyone has something to share with others and to teach others. Old people can give the youngsters lessons and guidance, on the other hand, young people also can teach the elders new things and different ways towards life!