The chart below shows the results of a survey of people who visited four types of tourist attraction in Britain in the year 1999.
The pie chart compares figures for visitors to four categories of tourist attraction and to five different theme parks in Britain in 1999.
It is clear that theme parks and museums / galleries were the two most popular types of tourist attraction in that year. Blackpool Pleasure Beach received by far the highest proportion of visitors in the theme park sector.
Looking at the information in more detail, we can see that 38% of the surveyed visitors went to a theme park, and 37% of them went to a museum or gallery. By contrast, historic houses and monuments were visited by only 16% of the sample, while wildlife parks and zoos were the least popular of the four types of tourist attraction, with only 9% of visitors.
In the theme park sector, almost half of the people surveyed (47%) had been to Blackpool Pleasure Beach. Alton Towers was the second most popular amusement park, with 17% of the sample, followed by Pleasureland in Southport, with 16%. Finally, Chessington World of Adventures and Legoland Windsor had each welcomed 10% of the surveyed visitors.(181 words, band 9)
As an economic rule goes, when supply outweighs demand, the price decreases. The same seems true for the current situation for college graduates. Since 1999, the central government has implemented the Grand College Enrollment Plan, with the total number of college graduates on the increase in the following years. But the boomed economy does not provide enough jobs for those graduates coming out at a time. Therefore, many people reason that college graduates are not as competent as before for many of them have difficulties in finding jobs. But I disagree with this conclusion.
Firstly, admittedly, there are some college graduates who are not competent, but these students can not represent all the students. Due to the Grand College Enrollment Plan, more and more high school students have access to the higher education. Inevitably, the standard has been lowered; otherwise, university can not admit so many applicants. While those smart students in high schools are more likely to have excellent performance, other not-so-good students would have difficulties in college learning. As a result, those graduates with bad performance in college can not demonstrate the value of higher learning to the society and hence they gradually form the incompetent image of college graduates.
Secondly, those who hold this negative opinion do not take the social context into consideration. As is known, in the period when China carried out planned economic policies, college graduates did not need to worry about their jobs, for “iron-bowls” waited for them after graduation. But after the reform of higher education, college graduates have to find jobs for themselves. When hundreds of thousands of graduates compete for a limited number of job vacancies, there are inevitably many who can not procure ideal jobs.
Besides, employment is always influenced by global and national economy. When economy slows down, the corporate world would not recruit as many employees as before. For example, in 2009, many college graduates, from both prestigious universities and less-known universities, have difficulties in hunting jobs. In this sense, it is not college graduates that are incompetent, instead, it is the social context that is unfavorable to college graduates.
Over the past few years, more and more Chinese parents have been sending their children abroad, believing the experience of studying abroad will pave the way for their childrens future success. Even now, this rush continues and has become very widespread. This phenomenon has drawn public attention, with people standing on both sides. It is my contention that sending teenagers abroad without proper preparation may do more harm than good to their development.
First of all, these teenagers may have difficulty adapting to the new environment which might be totally different from the homeland they are used to living in. Therefore, they will probably experience the so-called “culture shock”. They may dislike the food, be unable to follow the teacherss teaching method, or have problems dealing with people around them. As a result, they may find nothing goes well at the beginning and feel lonely and frustrated. If these teenagers are not well prepared psychologically, their character will probably be severely affected.
Moreover, for these youngsters language can be a great barrier, which may cause difficulty in both their daily life and their studies. As most of them have just graduated from middle schools when going abroad, their command of the foreign language is usually inadequate for living and studying in a foreign country. Consequently, they may find it hard to follow the teachers instructions and feel at a loss as to how to use the library and how to rent an apartment. The pressure of study and stress of life may make them feel anxious and upset, which may in turn affect their academic development.
In conclusion, teenagers studying abroad will probably have an extremely difficult time and their perspective of academic success will be far from their parentss expectation. Sending teenagers abroad may be an unwise decision. Parents should be careful when making such a choice.
People have different views on what children should do at a very early age. Some think that children should begin their formal education and start to spend most of their time on studies. Others believe that it is still time for young children to play. Both views are based on respective ground.
Those who argue for the playing time for children suggest that children at a very early age are still too young to focus their attention on learning. Their brain may not be ready for serious studies such as comprehension and memorizing learning materials. These people are partially right, for it is true that young children can hardly concentrate. Their attention on one thing lasts for no longer than 15 minutes or so. But we can arrange classes for shorter periods, cant we? And we can shift teaching subjects. Through putting them to study, young children are occupied with learning but not with playing.
Those who argue for childrens early commencement for formal education believe that being put to studies, children can develop good habit of studying, for the process of learning helps develop childrens mental abilities like the ability to memorize, the ability to understand and the ability to do simple calculation. Childrens habit of studying and love for learning are of great importance to youngsters because these two things set up the sound foundation for their future studies.
Having children start formal education at a very early age benefits young children much more than simply letting them play most of their time. A good habit needs a long time to develop to become a second nature. More importantly, it is better to develop a good habit before a bad one may grow. Similarly, the love for learning should take toots for before the love for playing is established.