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【议论文】2013“模拟赛场”第一期获奖作文①

议论文写作Argumentative Writing)(10分)

  Read the following two paragraphs with contradicting views, and write a passage on the issue. You should clearly state your opinion and explain the reasons for your opinion. You should write about 500 words.

 

Tablets are the ideal system of organization in schools. They are convenient, in which much information is stored in small sizes and kept together in one place, and cheap, as digital information is now becoming more affordable than print. As evolution continues to rock the modern world, digital devices will become more and more reliable. Someday, they will entirely replace print books, and hopefully, that day will come soon.

Many may argue that tablets are much more convenient than paper books. But not everyone shares this preference of tablets or finds them convenient. In fact, in a study conducted by Book Industry Study Group (BISG), it was found that 75% of college students preferred traditional textbooks in which they can highlight the key words and write notes. Also, some may suggest that it is cheaper to invest in tablets than textbooks. In fact, in a 2008 study of public schools in Kentucky it was estimated that the cost of textbooks and supplies totaled around $44 million. The cost per school was around $988 for textbooks and supplies. That is roughly the cost of only two tablets. To provide tablets to all the students in a school would be an enormous sum. Therefore, we may conclude that while tablets have their purposes, they should not replace the printed books used in schools.

 

 

谭雪莹

Nowadays there is a trend that digital devices are occupying an increasing number of market shares of educational business, a typical example of which can be tablets in colleges. Nevertheless, from my own perspective, tablets do not have advantages over paper books, which has also been proved by some studies. In fact, traditional textbooks possess a lot more merits than tablets in various aspects.

         Initially, concerning the assistance to study, print books enable us to output what we have learned timely such as underlining the critical points and taking notes during the learning process. While with tablets, it is not convenient for us to write down our inspiration though they can store a large amount of information. Additionally, due to their multifunction, tablets will distract our attention more easily, which is fatal to a person’s study process. Such a typical phenomenon is that new games always spread faster through pads than any other devices, keeping the youths from concentrating on their study. Since the essence of study is the exchange and collision of ideas, paper books apparently weigh heavier than tablets for they can provide such a platform where students can place much more emphasis on learning.

         In terms of the investment, not only the cost but also the repair fees of tablets are rather high. At the same time, with the software continuously being renovated, tablets set higher requirements on technology. For instance, schools usually face difficulties in collecting sufficient information and making effective management of so many of them in such a small device, which can only be dealt with by renewing the software. In brief, limited budget will restrict tablets’ popularization to a large extent while it can promise the paper books’ supply.

         Another problem lies in the impact on health. There is no doubt that students’ loss of vision is closely attached to the exposure to lots of digital devices, one of which is tablet. Besides, it has been wildly accepted that the electromagnetic radiation from tablets is detrimental to our physical body. By comparison, print textbooks act as a more protective role in our study career because the unadorned paper will not do harm to us.

         There is no denying that the invention of digital devices has brought a revolution to the study methods, converting people’s preference from conventional paper into convenient smart devices. However, it has to be identified that development is a process, whose basic responsibility is ameliorating living pressure and promoting life quality. We have taken a wide range of factors into account, only to find that traditional books have irreplaceable advantages not merely in pursuing the essence of learning but in maintaining healthy as well. Therefore, public introspection on how to balance technology and tradition should be aroused by this controversial issue. Fortunately enough, some people who foresee the disadvantages have also made attempt to keep themselves from too many digital products and eventually showed appreciation for such a healthy lifestyle.

         It is we students who make the final decisions. Consequently, only when we make a better understanding of both tablets and traditional textbooks comprehensively can we truly reap the benefits from these two learning tools. Since what really matters is whether it can be helpful to our learning careers, I prefer paper books for the reasons presented above."