2014年9月27日托福独立写作题目：Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?Universities should require all their students to learn about foreign cultures as well as their own culture.
What is the ultimate purpose of education? I believe the answer lies in the enrichment to one’s mind and preparation of him or her for a more fulfilling future life. Accordingly, the design of university curriculum should strive to include the diversity of culture regardless of its country and origin.
First of all, knowing about your own cultural is a necessity in order to respect and preserve our cultural relics. China boasts a long cultural history, during which emerged papermaking technique, peking opera and calligraphy, which represents the distinct feature of our nation and should be passed down. With the trend of globalization, however, traditional culture is somewhat alienated and isolated from people’s daily life. Younger generation, especially college students or teenagers are no longer patriotism-oriented and pay attention to our domestic culture which may very likely be quickly dying in the near future. It is therefore very essential for universities to require students learn about their own culture.
On the other hand, knowledge of foreign culture does have its merits as well. Contemporarily, countries, NGOs or enterprises are all seeking global cooperation and collaboration. Chinese factories imported cars made in Japan for its advanced quality; Chinese students sail across the ocean to study abroad. It is globalization that makes the world nowadays a flattened one and therefore conversation and mutual-understanding of each other’s culture can not be more important in history than today. Solely priding in the value of our own culture is not adequate for foreign culture represent a good source of inspiration as well. To enlist foreign culture into university syllabus will help cultivate a proper attitude to embrace cultural diversity, platform to communicate with foreigners, and better understanding of the true value of cultural preservation.
To conclude, to foster respect for cultural relics and diversity, I believe university students should be required to learn about foreign cultures as well as their own culture.
Universities should require students to learn about foreign cultures; though what cultures to study is another important issue.
In the first place, it would be difficult to consider ourselves “educated” if we did not have some understanding of other cultures; this simple fact is enough to require courses in other cultures.
But as the economy, art, music, movies, fashion, etc. become more globalized, there is a practical, economic imperative to learn about other cultures in order to understand the “market” and the international trends that eventually become localized. People who understand other cultures, especially those of rising economic powers like India, China and Brazil will have a clearer understanding of the trends in those areas that will become more widespread as those countries’ influence widens not only in terms of being able to design products, services, fashion, art etc. that will be marketable there but also to see what are the aspects of those cultures most likely to be “exportable” into the world market. Having studied these cultures makes it much easier to successfully ride the rising tide of globalization to our own economic advantage.
In countries like the U.S. labeled “immigration nations”, having studied other cultures in college makes it easier to understand the cultural difference of these immigrants and to become better friends with them and also help the new immigrants adjust more quickly and become better citizens.
In a world too often distressed by religious and cultural differences, it is important for societies to better understand each other and to respect each other’s cultural mores and ideals so that serious misunderstandings do not arise. T-++123
.his is especially true for those who are in leadership positions. Having studied other cultures in the course of their career preparation in the university makes this understanding more likely.
Lastly, cultural training in college makes it easier for employees in international corporations to work together more harmoniously.
Without a doubt, cultural training should be a part of university education.