Ielts writing task 2:

Topic: Schools are no longer necessary because children can get so much information available through the internet, and they can study just as well at home. To what extent do agree or disagree?

Sample Essay

Home education has been subject to heated discussion ever since its first advent. Nowadays, with the advancement of technology making knowledge self-obtaining possible, some people suggest it is time we spelled the end of educational institutes and let children have education at home.  In my opinion, I think homeschooling or compulsory attendance education have their pros and cons for which decisions should be made in accordance to each child’s context.

Children who receive school education can be beneficial in numerous aspects. First, assistance from teachers is of vital importance in terms of correct orientation. Teachers, besides being subject specialists, play a pivotal role in giving students adequate guidance in establishing social skills. What’s more, spending large amount of time at schools allows children to develop necessary problem-solving skills via their interaction with peers, which they will need for later conformity in the society. That being said, schools often press on excellent performance in subjects students find of little interest or usefulness for future career.

On the other hand, home education offers chances for self-learning and responsibility improvement. Firstly, by getting access to information online, children can learn to solve problems and obtain knowledge themselves, thus building up learning autonomy. Likewise, homeschooling gives children great chances to learn about being responsible for their progress, which is important in other aspects of life. Nevertheless, children in these cases are subjects to misdirection when unexperienced parents can manipulate their learning.

In conclusion, both approaches have mixed blessing. I believe the real issue is not about which approach is more superior to the other but to inform parents and children clearly about homeschooling and school education so that they could make sound decision for themselves.

Võ Minh Sử – Chủ sáng lập Homeschooling English Center