Some believe that more academic subjects such as chemistry, physics and history should be taught in schools, while others believe that students will derive more benefit from studying practical subjects, such as motor mechanics and cooking. Discuss both views and give your opinion?


It is true that the questions of whether academics subjects or vocational subjects bring more advances for students in schools has been remained a source of controversy in the academic field. While a number of people believe that students should study academic subjects than practical ones, I would argue that vocational subjects will be far more considered.

On the one hand, there are a variety of reasons for studying academic subjects. Firstly, because most of graduates expect to land decent jobs down the road, they want to access academic courses for their career paths. For example, high-salary workers are required to have complex understanding of their expertise, which can be achieved if they take academic courses. Secondly, by attending academic courses, students have more chances to continue higher education. In addition, graduates must be armed with fundamental knowledge to conduct research which is conductive to human development and innovation.

On the other hand, I believe that practical courses such as mechanics and cooking are necessary for the majority of people. One reason for this view is that graduates who attend vocational courses could make a living as soon as possible. For instance, there are a great deal of manual jobs which these students can get to start working and earning money to raise their family and support themselves. The quality of life could be improved soon. Another reason is that because people in prosperous countries are inclined to opt for academic courses, this leads to work imbalance. For example, developed capitalist countries, like Canada and Japan, have continuously hired or imported foreign labors from developing countries to fill the hold of manual labor. This implies that vocational subjects should not be marginalized.

In conclusion, although both views certainly have some validity, it seems to me that it is better to choose vocational subjects.

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