Essay 234 – Young people leave school with a negative attitude towards learning

GT Writing Task 2 / Essay Sample # 234

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Many young people leave school with a negative attitude towards learning.

What are the causes of this? Suggest some solutions.

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


Model Answer:

Nowadays, so many young people who graduate from school have a rejecting attitude towards learning. In this essay, I would like to identify the causes of this situation and propose some corresponding solutions.

A wide range of factors contributes to the fact that many school-leavers have a negative attitude towards learning. In the first place, most schools focus on students’ academic performance much more than practical skills. Unfortunately, when students finish their schooling, they realise that practical skills are actually more important than academic achievement in society and career; thus school-leavers are disappointed and lose their motivation to learn more.

Secondly, most teachers in schools still use traditional methodologies to teach their pupils which encourage memorisation and standardised tests. As a result, students feel that learning is an arduous process, which is not stimulating at all. Lastly, the modern culture does not value education enough. Traditionally, education was highly valued, yet sadly, modern young people gradually value financial success more than education.

Fortunately, several effective solutions are there for this condition. The most urgent solution could be that education must be geared to students’ needs in their future career and life. Essentially, schools have to look at how to meet the demand of a changing society and provide more practical skills and knowledge for students. Likewise, the responsibility for changing teaching methods falls on teachers. In essence, since teachers’ pedagogies directly determine whether students enjoy learning or not, teachers should kindle students’ interest in learning by applying more engaging methods in the class. Finally, the responsibility for promoting education rests with the government. As I would be hard-pressed to imagine that our future society value education less and less, it is high time the government started to educate the general public so that youngsters will see the value of education more.

In conclusion, a growing number of young people do not like learning any more after they leave school due to various reasons. So the key is, I believe, to take actions such as changing the focus of schools, modifying teachers’ approaches to teaching and promoting the value of education.

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