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135 Heping Road,
Wuhan, Hubei, China
April 25th, 2003
Dear Mr. Smith,
I’m a parent of a middle school S. I’m writing in the hope of getting advice from you about the education of my own child.
I have noticed that quite a few of the parents in China spending a lot of their money and energy on their children’s education either by sending them to various training classes or by sending them abroad.
In my opinion, either of the two ways has its advantages and disadvantages.
With the majority of the families, sending children to training classes after class is very popular because of the relatively low cost. It can indeed improve the children’s studies in a way and help them form good sense of time. Besides, since it takes up their free time, it limits many of the children’s possible bad behaviors. However, some of the children are likely to become too
dependent on the trainings that once stopping attending such classes their studies will fall. That’s because they may easily lose their ability of self-teaching. Moreover, the development of the children’s other qualities may be neglected.
For a few richer families, sending their children abroad is acceptable. As everybody can see, their children can touch the advanced western culture more directly and earlier. Meanwhile, both their foreign language study and their independence in life will be promoted. But there’re also problems with it. First, that may result in reduction of the command of their national culture as well as the families’ control of their children’s behavior cultivation, not to mention the high cost.
For all those reasons, I have got puzzled about how I should foster my child. Shall I follow the fashion?
I’ll appreciate it if you reply soon.
Should the middle school Ss frequently go to the net bar?
Not long ago, a class of Senior Grade III held a class meeting on this topic. Half of the Ss expressed their agreement, while the rest said no.
The former half voiced the following reasons:
By often surfing the internet, the Ss can have a better knowledge of the computer and better many skills such as “downloading ” and “browsing”. On the other hand, the net is rich in resources, which may increase the Ss’ study efficiency. What’s more, the net can make the Ss’ life more enjoyable. For example, they can make more friends by chatting on the net, go shopping on the net and get more information more quickly.
Against the supporters, the objectors held the viewpoint that, compared with its advantage, the middle school Ss’ getting on the net frequently will do more harm to them. First, it will be very easy for the Ss to get addicted to the bar, as a result of which a lot of their money and time will be wasted there. In that case, undoubtedly, their studies will be affected. Second, with some unhealthful websites on the net, it has an unfavorable influence on their souls. Finally, staying before the screen for too long a time will harm them physically.
Boys and girls, what’s your opinion about that topic? Welcome to join us.
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Respected Mr. Verbruggen,
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Welcome to Beijing!
Now let me tell you sth. about the beautifying work on Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games. Our slogan is “Green Olympics”. 12.2 billion dollars will be spent on this project. A lot more trees, flowers and grass will be planted in many places, including the Olympic villages, to make Beijing more beautiful. We will try our best to reduce pollution sources, use clean energy, and make waste water clean and reuse it. In 2008, you will see Beijing a garden-like city, with cleaner water and a clearer sky.
That’s all about our preparation for the environment improvement for the 2008 Olympics. We sincerely hope you can point out our shortage and any advice is welcome.
Thanks for your attention