Monday, September 20, 2010

TOEFL Essay - You must attend

Q. Some people believe that university students should be required to attend classes. Others believe that attendance should be optional. Which do you agree with?

Many experts have argued against mandatory attendance on the university level, usually citing that students at this age should be sidled with their own sense of drive and responsibility; it is no one's duty to ensure students show up to classes. However, there are benefits to forcing attendance on unwilling and willing students. Simply put, attendance should be mandatory because of the attendant educational nuances and unreproducible anxiety

Education traffics in nuances. Nothing is up in ours faces for long. Education provides issues that first jump up and then meekly continue to annoy us, the students. Without this annoyance, an idea isn't interesting. Ideas and notions must first annoy us to get our interest until we sit up at night further annoyed that we're awake. The nuance is the answer to why we're awake, the plumbing of our actual annoyance. If we miss class regularly then we don't receive questions and information which, at the moment of root, becomes so firmly entrenched in an area of our brains that it is impossible to unplug. Absent students who collect notes from their classmates miss the nuances and contexts of these annoyance gems. We note-takers might glean the actual information but don't benefit from any of the subtlety of countless annoyingly academic moments.

In addition to promoting nuanced annoyance and the late nights whose fruits lead to brilliance, mandatory attendance induces anxiety. In some forms, anxiety leads to counter-productivity; however, in the classroom, anxiety designs atmospheres which mimic the stress levels found at employment. If we aren't subjected to these levels during our formative student years, we will be rather unprepared for their appearance. An ideal university setting mirrors the same reluctance and anticipation felt by many in the job force. Absenting ourselves from this means we lose out on an inimitable experience and that's why we pay for education. The perks and ancillary benefits are such that we can't reproduce them anywhere else before the seriousness of actual employment begins.

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