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【议论文】2013“模拟赛场”第一期获奖作文②

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.

 

刘玉坤

Tablets Serves More for Students in School

         Tablets are enjoying increasing popularity in school. One can always grasp shadows of tablets wherever he is, in classrooms or in the dining halls. Admittedly, the evolution of technology has rocked the world; however, there are indeed doubts on the growing vogue of tablets. Some people approve of them because of their convenience, others oppose and claim that students should use printed books and they will never be replaced. Nevertheless, as a significant progress made in digital time, tablets and E-reading are more likely favored by students and serve more in their school life.

         Initially, tablets are more convenient than printed books. Other than just being a smaller-sized text, it is more of a portable database, in which one can not only read the whole content just as it is with the paper book, but also search for information about the background knowledge as well as the reviews, as Wi-Fi is more commonly used nowadays and tablets are able to connect to it. Also, for students who are eager to get the latest news or the new versions whether they are the requirements from the teacher or just their own interests, tablets provide with an access to every update while printed books fail to do so. Compared with a bag full of books that weighs more than 6 kilos in total, more students certainly tend to prefer to use the lighter tablets with more convenience.

         In addition, electronic-reading is cheaper and that version of books is easy to preserve for really a long time. Other than just test books, most colleges require extra class materials (such as classic novels for an English class) and reference books, and the average cost for books and supplies for the 2012-2013 school year was about $1,200 at universities in the US, according to a report from the College Board. Although the price for books in China is much lower, it still counts greatly in students’ tuition fee. Compared with paper books we have to buy continuously, a tablet costs only for approximately $499, with free digital information or e-books with great price, which is cheaper in the long run.

         Preservation is also problematic for paper books. It might be Okay if we are talking about a student or two; however, preservation of some specific books or historic records which are significant is important to schools. Proper handling and storage is essential to the preservation, not to mention a whole series of complicated packing and selection for places that is neither humid nor shady. However, books can be preserved in tablets easily without so many considerations. Librarians just have to create a database, which professors and students can have access to, and prepare for couple of computers or tablets for public use.

         Admittedly, paper-reading has a long history and is accepted by most people; however, its negative impacts cannot be neglected, and the environmental problems it has brought about are definitely one of them, which have led to a high level of consumption and waste. According to a survey, nearly 4 billion trees worldwide are cut down each year, not to mention the air and water pollution. Also, few books will be recycled, which lead to a great amount of waste. However, the tablets can be used for quite a long time if the users use it properly, and the information can be update in time with lower cost.

         The using of tablets in schools has really become a hit because of their convenience, abundant storage of information, and lower cost for information to be both read and preserved. In addition, it avoids the problem of waste and pollution paper book might cause, which not only benefit individuals, but also the society as a whole. More importantly, using tablets is a sign for the bloom of digital system of organizations in schools, and also the coming era of technology. Perhaps there is a day that all paper-books will be replaced by e-books stored in digital devices, and the storm of high-tech will blow almost everyone’s mind."