IELTS writing task 2 Sample 51

IELTS writing Task 2 - IELTS Test on 26 August in Pakistan

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

School children should learn local history rather than world history. Do you agree or disagree?

Write at least 250 words

Response 1:

By Mr. Ali

Literally speaking, the given topic whether schoolchildren learn local history or the world history provides food for thought even to the common rut of people. People have divergent speculations about the issue and know its tangible impact on their life. I fully agree with the idea that children should their local history first before extending their knowledge further into this subject.

First of all, in my perspective, local history paves our roots with the homeland and heroes of the soil which enable young ones to get connected with their ancestors. For instance, in Pakistan, we learn from our history that our forefathers have given many sacrifices to get the independent state.So, to make them realize the importance of their country, the history should be inculcated to the new generation, and it is better if it is included in their curriculum.

Now, in the presence of the discussion, it would be little easier to interpret the matter in a suitable manner. This prospect of the topic is of such a significance that it basically explores different other dimensions of treatise under our critical analysis on a large scale. In the same way, according to me, it would be equally appropriate to discuss the other possible sides of the same. World history is full of events, discoveries, wars, invasions, inventions and revolutions. However, students, at the early stage of their learning, will not be able to comprehend its significance.

In actuality, the two above mentioned points clarify the picture and pave the way for us to come to a conclusion. So, we can assert that it is almost unacceptable to avoid them. The unanimity of the critics believes that teaching of the local history at early age strengthen the ties with the culture and the roots of learners.

In the culmination of above lines, we may opine that, at first, we need to develop their interest in schools regarding local history. This is how their interest will develop naturally in international history.

Response 2

History, all history, in any form, is an inherent factor of everyone's education. We should not see fit to filter what children learn to our liking or biased views. As such, I disagree that the teaching of the said subject should be exclusively local.

"History is another country; they do things differently there", is a famous quote I'd like to reference for the wonderful way it highlights the intrigue encompassed in the simple subject of history. To seclude a person from the history of the rest of the world is equivalent to keeping them cooped up in a room. After all, the knowledge gleaned from all kinds of genres of history is unquestionably beneficial- knowledge is knowledge. Learning international as well as local history would increase the overall general knowledge one can possess.

On the other hand, some may argue that focussing more on the past matters of other countries may contribute to the increasing distance between societies and their culture. People may be more attracted to the idealistic countries and their history for want of modernization or westernization. As such, it is an unhealthy outlook to think of one country's history as more valuable than the other based on social stigma. Your country, your history and your culture are beautiful, just as all history is beautiful.

History should not be exclusive to either popularity or patriotism. It is, after all, the source of all knowledge.

Written by Wardah Razzaq.