Английский (топики/темы): School Years

(9/11)

People say that school years and youth are the happiest time of your life. Do you agree ?

School years, that is childhood and youth are generally considered to be the best periods of a person's lifetime, the happiest time grown-ups keep looking back to. I'm afraid I can't agree with that entirely. Generally, it is the time when a person is taken care of by his or her parents, one doesn't have to earn one's living and make decisions as important as a grown-up has to and the duties are not so numerous* Youth is surely the time when you get to know a lot of new things, and your perception and emotions are fresh and strong, which can sometimes make you feel happy.

On the other hand, a child's or a teenager's life is not as simple as that. Childhood and youth, particularly, is the period when a young person is trying to determine his or her place in his peer group and, later, in the society. He is trying to adjust himself to the grown-ups' world. In doing so, he faces a lot of problems. Many of the problems are the same his parents faced when they were his age. First of all, they face the problem of generation gap. Secondly, their emotional life changes, and they have to overcome psychological problems, to get used to their new emotions, experience first love, learn to respect both themselves and other people. Thirdly, they have to win the respect of their peers, have to make them take them seriously, find their identity. Fourthly, in spite of the fact that many parents still don't take their children seriously, youths have to make difficult decisions. In the upper forms of school, teenagers have to choose their career, a decision which influences their entire lives. If they fail to enter a college or university, they face the problem of finding a job to earn their living.

Many youths may not be mature enough to cope with these problems, and they rebel against society and adult authority. This revolt may take different forms: young people can become aggressive, reject everything including their parents' standards and beliefs, stop doing well at school. Or they may go in the direction of crime, drugs, vandalism, sex, etc. According to official reports, violence, AIDS, drugs, alcohol are more and more associated with youngsters.

Youth problems don't necessarily imply that youth is a period of troubles. It can be a period of good health and high achievement. In that respect, much depends on the family and the school the young person studies at.

I can say my school years were quite happy. There were really very few things which I disliked at school. I like studying and have always done fairly well at school. I like our school, too: it offers a well-planned curriculum in all the subjects, it is well equipped, and the staff is highly qualified, which makes studying a real pleasure. I've got a lot of friends and go on well with teachers.

What I really disliked is that there are some subjects on the curriculum of secondary schools in Russia which are compulsory but not really necessary for your future life. In my opinion, it is, for example, Information Science. I believe Information Science is unnecessary for two reasons. Firstly, very few pupils will need programming languages for their careers, and they definitely don't need them to pass the entrance exams to the universities and colleges they choose. The second reason is that the majority of the pupils will never need them in their careers and daily life. If Information Science is at all necessary, the scope of information taught to pupils of secondary school should be reduced. Firstly, studying these unnecessary subjects takes a lot of time and reduces the time left for other subjects. Secondly, many pupils may take less interest in studies in general, as they have to study a number of subjects which seem boring and useless to them.

Translate the following sentences into English.
1. Школьные годы обычно считаются лучшим периодом в жизни, на который оглядываются взрослые.
2. Обычно молодые люди находятся под присмотром родителей, им не нужно зарабатывать на жизнь, их обязанности не так многочисленны, как у взрослых, а восприятие и эмоции свежи и сильны.
3. Молодой человек пытается занять свое место в группе, приспособиться к миру взрослых.
4. Молодые люди сталкиваются с массой проблем, в том числе с проблемой конфликта поколений, психологическими проблемами первой любви, дружбы и одиночества, им приходится завоевывать уважение своих сверстников и искать свою индивидуальность, а также выбирать профессию и получать образование.
5. Если молодой человек недостаточно зрелый, чтобы справиться с этими проблемами, он может взбунтоваться против авторитета взрослых и общества.
6. Этот бунт может принять различные формы: молодые люди могут стать агрессивными, отвергнуть нормы и убеждения своих родителей, перестать хорошо учиться в школе иди пойти в направлении преступлений, наркотиков, вандализма и секса.
7. Насилие, СПИД, наркотики и алкоголь все более и более ассоциируются с молодыми людьми.
8. Юность может быть периодом, характеризующимся хорошим здоровьем и успехами.
9. Мне нравится наша школа, так как она предлагает сбалансированную программу по всем предметам, хорошо оборудована, а преподаватели имеют высокую квалификацию.
10. Я всегда хорошо учился в школе, и у меня хорошие отношения с учителями.
11. Объем информации по некоторым школьным предметам следует сократить.

1. School years are generally considered to be the best period of one's life grown-ups keep looking back to.
2. Generally, youngsters are taken care of by their parents, don't have to earn their living, their duties are not as numerous as those of grown-ups and their perception and emotions are fresh and strong.
3. A young person tries to determine his place in his peer group, to adjust himself to the grown-ups' world.
4. Youngsters face a lot of problems, including the problem of generation gap, psychological problems of the first love, friendship and loneliness, they have to win the respect of their peers and find their identity, as well as to choose a career and get education.
5. If a youth is not mature enough to cope with these problems, he can rebel against adult authority and society.
6. This revolt may take different forms: youngsters may become aggressive, reject their parents' standards and beliefs, stop doing well at school or go in the direction of crime, drugs, vandalism and sex.
7. Violence, AIDS, drugs and alcohol are more and more associated with youngsters.
8. Youth may be a period of good health and high achievement.
9. I like our school as it offers a well-planned curriculum in all the subjects, it is well-equipped, the staff is highly qualified.
10. I have always done well at school and go on well with teachers.
11. The scope of information in some school subjects should be reduced.

Из пособия "ЕГЭ. Английский язык. Устные темы" Занина Е.Л. (2010, 272с.) - Part one. English examination topics. Forms 9/11.

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