2014/3/02托福独立写作题目：Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Society has created too many rules for young people.
Young people are bound by a wide array of social and legal conventions,and it seems to me that these rules are excessive and inappropriate. Too many rules have hindered the young people.
If anyone needs convincing that the society has created too many rules for young people, here is the proof. Social conventions are the first things that impeded the development of the young. Certain standardized paths are set for the young people in my country and these linear paths define the success of young people. Take schooling, one of the mechanisms for young people to gain success, as an example. It follows a route like this: 12-year-time education to prepare you for college which prepares you for work and an approach to a decent job with a brief period of independence before settling down as an adult. Deviating from this is generally called “go astray” and causes tensions in family. Therefore, it sounds horrible for young people to drop out of schools or colleges. However, this is exactly what Steve Jobs did. He became successful without following the most accepted route to success. The problem is that, the rules known as social conventions, which were initially intended to help young people, end up being obstacles.
Legal conventions are the next. The laws governing the behavior of young people aren’t taking practical considerations into account. For example, in China, males must be at least 22 in order to get married and females must be at least 20 to do so. Some argue that it is unwise for males and females under these ages to get married. While in my opinion, the law makers haven’t got a comprehensive view of today’s young people. Nowadays, the young people are much more sophisticated than we were in the past and have the right to get married at an earlier age. Such legal provisions are infringement of rights of young people and need to be amended. Inappropriate restriction on legal age for marriage is testimony to too many existing rules for young people in society.
Admittedly, according to the physical and emotional realities of young people, they do need guidelines when they grow up. With the right and suitable type of guidance, it can be very helpful for youth to live a happy life. But the right type of guidance does not have a universally accepted content. The problem which we are facing today is that the society has created too many rules for young people. Young people should learn and adapt by themselves, or to find their own way to mature and success.
I reckon that society has created too many rules for young people. We should give them a little more freedom and let they find their own way. Only in this way can they settle down as adults.
Young people today are bound by a myriad of social and legal conventions, and it seems to me that these rules are excessive and often ineffective. Young people are governed by too many rules.
First are social conventions. In my country, young people are expected to follow a fairly standardized and linear path on the road to adulthood. "Responsibility" is the operative word. Schooling follows a certain road: K-12 education to prepare you for college, college to prepare you for work, work to prepare you for a respectable career and a brief period of independence before settling down as an adult. Deviating from this is generally frowned upon. It sounds terribly irresponsible to drop out of college and go backpacking through India, for example, and for many young people, it probably is. Then again, this is exactly what Steve Jobs did, and nobody can argue with those results. The problem here is that, while we mean well in enforcing these rules, they're highly inflexible and box the creativity of youth at a critical stage in their development. Social conventions, which were originally intended to anchor young people, instead end up restricting their paths of development.
Second are legal conventions. The laws governing the behavior of young people aren't really commensurate with the physical and emotional realities of youth. For example, in my country, you must be 18 in order to buy cigarettes and 21 to buy alcohol, but for some reason you only have to be 17 to go to war. This means that those too young to be trusted with the responsibility of vices like smoking and drinking might still be old enough to experience the trauma of military combat. Vices like smoking and drinking are irresponsible uses of time, because they tend to derail you from the life trajectory that society prescribes. Serving in the military, however, is not, because soldiering is the epitome of a standardized, linear, and responsible life. These laws only add up to an unclear message to youth about how they must be responsible but that we don’t trust them to be responsible. Such contradictory ideas are not beneficial to youth and their role in society.
Now, admittedly, young people do need guidelines when growing up. It's an oftentimes scary and confusing process. Without the right type of guidance, it can be very easy for young people to go down the wrong path. But sometimes the right type of guidance is no guidance, and sometimes taking the wrong path can teach you how to find the one you're meant for. The problem with the rules confronting young people today is they're too many and too inflexible. They don't encourage young people to learn, to adapt, or to find their own way. And they don't trust young people. All they do is stunt the growth of a generation of youths, who then go on to foist the same lousy system on the next generation. To me, this isn't a system that begets "responsibility."
So yes, I think society has created too many rules for young people. The only way things will improve is if we give them a little more freedom and trust in finding their own way, while still being there to provide guidance should they want it. When they finally do acquire a sense of responsibility, it'll be because they grasped the concept themselves.
2014年1月12日托福独立写作范文：Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? In modern times, grandparents cannot give their grandchildren useful advice because the world of today and the world of 50 years ago are too different.