Schools have always offered students three types of after-school activities. But due to recent limited budgets, they can only support one kind of activities. Which one would you choose? Why?
3 Volunteering (eg. for the community)
All three activities are beneficial for students, and will help them build various skills, as well as teach them important values; however, I am convinced that, in case of
a budget cut, schools should only maintain volunteering as an after-school activity.
It has been proven that students that have been assigned to volunteer work finished their semester healthier and happier than their peers who didn’t
volunteer. They became more altruistic and empathetic, and had less negative attitudes. Moreover, volunteer bring students into contact with individuals from all walks of life, which helps broaden their minds and challenge their vision of power and privileges. All and all, volunteerism has all kind of positive impact on students’ mind. On a more practical note, volunteering experiences will boost a student’ resume. Employers like seeing that the student volunteered his or her, time; it shows that he or she is able to manage time well enough to take on an unpaid position. Volunteerism also suggests that the candidate is a team player, a quality that many employers will look for in potential hires. Indeed, students may find in volunteering opportunities for a future career path. By volunteering students can try out different careers, and have first-hand experience of certain sectors.
Finally, volunteerism fosters personal growth.
Volunteers feel good about themselves. The work they do will be rewarding and beneficial to segments of the
population and areas of the community that need volunteers to thrive. In a volunteer situation, one person can make a real difference, and students will get that feeling once they start.
Not to mention that the community itself will benefit incredibly from the volunteers’ work.
In conclusion, in case of limited budget, schools should focus their resources on promoting after-school volunteering programs. Volunteering experiences will help students feel more accomplished and become more altruistic and emphatic. In addition, they will be advantageous for the students’ future.
Providing internet access is as important as other services such as building roads,so the government should offer internet access to all of their citizens at no cost. 为公民提供网络服务和政府其他的利民政策一样重要，政府应该不惜重金为所有公民提供互联网服务。
When it comes to broadband internet-that’s the world class kind of network we should have-we’re behind America, Korea, Japan and a whole host of other developed countries. So just like electricity,a road grid or a postal service,internet access with very high-capacity and high-speed should be provided by the government in every city as well as remote areas.
The logic behind enhanced public internet access is plain. We know that internet as a utility become almost more like a platform that for the next economy just as the postal service ended up being a platform for the integration of the country. But the larger vision is that it's an input into absolutely everything we do,including entertainment, social life, cultural life, economic growth and so on,particularly as economy moves more towards being an information-services based economy. Moreover,we are certainly an agricultural nation. Since future products that don't exist yet can't pay for the services they'll need to thrive, taxpayers need to build the platform in order to prepare for the next economy.
Second of all,internetaccess,although being highly government-centric and yet due to the lack of regulation and competition,is usually charged too much and delivered too little by cable company.Most people in most cities don't have a bunch of choices for the internet -they have one choice which is a local monopoly. What happens is that because of deregulation if one cable company occupies the market of entire sector or neighborhood,others will be unable to provide services any more.Since there is only one company has the ability to control that market,it would be a fool not to reap its rewards,discriminate price and make lots of profits,which drives prices up and provide limited access.So,if the state offers internet access,this will not be an issue at all.
However,some people might argue that a project of this size under political circumstance requires tremendous investments and changes in the way we deliver fundamental infrastructure,and thus is like any daydreams which are impossible to realize.Though such argument sounds certainly reasonable,with fiber penetration moving rapidly ahead,one must think ahead. So, the first step is to find someone who understands this issue and understands that we're falling further and further behind and is concerned about our future as a nation. This requires long-term thinking.
As I mentioned above,if our government addressed the issue of public internet access, it will be beneficial both to the citizen as an individual and the nation as a whole. Going forward, wider availability of internet access will enable China to become one of the great powers for fields related to science and technology,economy,military,space exploration and among others in the world, and thus will lead the world in the information age.
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