Describe a subject you did not like when you were at school but now you find interesting (IELTS Cue Card May to Aug 2019)
Describe a subject you did not like when you were at school but now you find interesting
- What was the subject Why you did not like it then Why do you ﬁnd it interesting now
I studied many subjects at school such as Punjabi, Hindi, English, physics, chemistry, biology, maths, history, geography and environmental science. I was good at all of these, but I was not much fond of studying EVS, that is environmental science. I remember it was added in our school curriculum when I was in 5th. I always took it as an extra burden and never liked to study it Perhaps, I was not aware of the importance of environment at that time. Moreover, as it was a new subject, our teachers also didn’t take much interest in teaching us in a way that ignited our interest. However, now I realise that the environment is deteriorating very fast and we all need to put in our bit to prevent further damage as far as possible. Many programs on TV stress the importance of our environment. Once I was watching Ted Talks India – Nayi Soch, a show hosted by the king of Bollywood, Shahrukh Khan, in which he calls different people to talk about various things. One such person he called was Shubhendu Sharma, who talked about the method of growing a tiny forest of 300 trees in a small area.
Ever since that time I got interested in the environment. Governments around the world are taking steps to save the environment. But what most people fail to see is that their small steps at individual level can also cumulatively lead to massive results. For example, if every person planted a tree and nurtured it for the ﬁrst few months, in a few years we would have more than a hundred crore fully grown trees. If each one of us started saying no to plastics, it would make a huge difference. So, EVS was the subject I didn’t like at school, but like now.
Part 3 Follow Up Questions
- What is your opinion of modern education (in schools)?
I think that modern day education has changed for the better. The schools today have smart classes and technology has been incorporated really well in the classroom. Also, the focus now is also shifting from an exam-based approach to a more learner friendly approach that leads to a better understanding of concepts and various subjects.
- What school subjects do you think are most important ? Why are they important?
I think that all the subjects currently a part of school curriculums are essential for the holistic development of a child. These subjects range from sciences, languages, literature, history, social science, moral science, etc.
- What subject or subjects do you think will be the most important in the future?
I think all the subjects are important, however, it is becoming increasingly important that all the schools incorporate technology and have computer science and applications as an important part of the school curriculums. There are many schools in India and many other developing and under-developed countries, where the students still don’t have the access to technology.
- What school subject do you think will be the most useful in adult life? (or most useful for society?)
I believe that all the subjects that we are taught in the school time help lay the foundation of a good citizen. Through mathematics we learn to do everyday calculations, through history we stay connected to our roots, through social sciences we get to know about society, laws, rules and so on.
- Which subjects do you think should be optional and which should be compulsory?
Subjects like mathematics, history, the sciences – like biology, physics, chemistry, computers, social, etc., languages, literature, etc. should be compulsory. Besides these, sports should be a part of the school curriculum, as a compulsory subject. However, the students should have an option to choose from different sports. Arts & crafts should be included as well, and art and craft can be an option for the students. Studying of any foreign language can be an optional subject.
- What are the advantages of studying computing in high school?
Studying computing is very advantageous. We need computing in our everyday life- when we shop, pay bills, and so on. When we set deadlines we calculate the days and time we have, we need to compute taxes, interests when saving money, and it is needed in so many other everyday things.
- In west, high school students choose many of the subjects they study. Do you think it would be a good in India?
I think in India, all the subjects should be taught till high school and like it happens now, students have an option to choose the subjects they want to study in the senior secondary education. I think we have a good education system and it builds a strong foundation, which is evident from the fact that many Indians are working in the western countries and are in great demand there, especially in the IT and ﬁnance sectors.