Should Subjects Taken by Students Be Decided by Their Country or Themselves?

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Should subjects taken by students be decided by their country or themselves? Discuss both views and support your arguments with relevant examples or your own experience. Write at least 250 words.

Recent years have witnessed sharp rise of complaints from students about rigidity of academic syllabus established by national educational department, which has aroused a heated debate about whether government is in a better position than students to decide subjects for them to study. Views vary a lot from person to person. Before airing my own opinion, I do believe that it is necessary to explore this issue from different angles.

Those who insist that students are supposed to take subjects at them own will, tend to present the following reasons. To begin with, being allowed to choose the subjects of their own interests, students are motivated to study more diligently and effectively. My own academic experience proved this. In Hunan province of China where the subject options are fixed by the provincial educational department, I found myself easily getting bored by so-called ‘compulsory’ subjects, which ironically applied to all my subjects. But when I studied at junior high in Singapore where a wide range of subject combinations are available for me to take, I became passionate about the course I took and more focused on my study. Therefore, it is reasonable to say that permitting students to take courses by themselves can induce their enthusiasm about their study and thus improve themselves.

In addition, self-chosen subjects enable students to gain self-fulfillment and confidence in completion of academic goals. This is probably due to the simple fact that the subjects of their own choice are their strength and displaying their strength and talent boosts one’s confidence. The confidence from completion of the academic tasks could help to cultivate a positive and active personality in a student since youth. In contrast, a student, who is constantly struggling...
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