GT Writing Task 2 / Essay Sample # 354
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
In the past, many people had skills such as making their own clothes and doing repairs to things in the house. In many countries, nowadays, skills like these are disappearing.
Why do you think this is happening?
How far is this situation true in your country?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
In the past, it was common for people to possess skills that enabled them to do different works, for instance, make their clothes, repair items at home and carry out other practical tasks. However, in many countries today, these skills are becoming less common. In this essay, I will discuss the reasons behind this trend and the extent to which it is true in my country.
One reason why practical skills are disappearing is the rise of mass production and the availability of cheaper goods. With the convenience of buying clothes, appliances and furniture that are readily available in stores or online, there is little motivation for people to learn these skills. In addition, modern lifestyles have become increasingly busy, and people often do not have the time or energy to dedicate themselves to acquiring practical skills.
Furthermore, the emphasis on academic education in schools means that practical skills are often neglected. Subjects such as sewing, woodwork and metalwork are no longer included in most school curriculums, and students are not encouraged to learn these skills. A study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics in the United States found that over the past few decades, there has been a significant decline in the availability of vocational and practical arts courses in schools. In 1982, about 72% of high schools offered courses in woodworking, metalworking, and home economics. However, by 2015, this number had dropped to just 42%. As a result, many young people today have little knowledge of practical tasks and rely on others to carry them out.
In my country, the situation is similar. The majority of people today buy ready-made clothes and furniture, and it is becoming less common to see people carrying out repairs at home. While some people still possess these skills, they are often limited to older generations who have acquired them through experience.
In conclusion, the decline in practical skills is a result of the convenience of mass production and modern lifestyles, as well as the neglect of practical education in schools. While these skills may not be as necessary for today’s society, they are still valuable and should be preserved through education and cultural traditions.