IELTS Task 2 Essay 2-points-of-view: IELTS 12 – Test 8

This is the fourth question from the Official Cambridge IELTS Book 12.

This sample uses many of the skills we used in the Free 5-day IELTS Task 2 Writing Course, as well as more advanced techniques and language from the 4-Week IELTS Task 2 Writing Course.


There is an issue with this question. The first part of the question is about the negative impact of this decision on society. The second part is about children themselves. This means it is easy to agree with both statements. For example, you could agree that it is important for children to make decisions about matters that affect them, and you could agree that in the long run this will lead to societal problems. So, this is not an ideal question to practice on. However, you could make this point in your conclusion.

Some people believe that allowing children to make their own choices on everyday matters (such as food and entertainment) is likely to result in a society of individuals who only think about their own wishes. Other people believe that it is important for children to make decisions about matters that affect them.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Recently, parents have become increasingly worried about the best way to bring up their children.

The question is, whether or not children should be encouraged to make their own decisions, or whether this will lead to an overly individualistic society in the future. 

To start with, it is possible to argue that letting children make every day decisions could lead to a more individualistic society. Firstly, it will make them more independent. And, as a result, it is suggested that in the long run they will be more likely to consider their own needs as they mature. Similarly, proponents of this theory believe that as this happens, future adults will pay less attention to the needs of the group, such as their family, and the country as a whole.

On the other hand it can easily be argued that children should be allowed to make their own decisions. The first reason is it is undoubtedly true that independent children go on to have happier adult lives. This is generally because whenever a crisis arises they are better equipped to deal with it. Take for example, if they are traveling alone, or if they are suddenly fired, or their parents die. In all these situations are person who has experience thinking for themselves is much more likely to get through it. The second point is that children who feel more involved in their daily lives will often be more likely to agree with their parents decisions. In other words, if a child gets to choose between two or three limited options, they are often happier. This is true even if it is only choosing between which of three t-shirts to wear to school.

In conclusion, while it is possible that giving children chances to make decisions will cause future societal problems, they will likely benefit more throughout their childhood and when they are adults. Therefore, despite the potential problems involved, I believe it is better to offer children limited choices throughout their childhood.

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