2015年1月31日托福独立写作题目：The rules that societies expect today young people to follow and obey are too strict.
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 strict rules have hindered the growth of young people.
If anyone needs convincing evidence 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.
Social rules play an important role in every society, but whether or not the rules for young people are reasonable can be controversial. Some people believe that social rules for young people today are too strict, while others think they are reasonable. I believe that social rules for young people are not only reasonable, but good, because they help young people behave themselves and prevent them from hurting themselves.
First and foremost, social rules exist as a way to instruct young people in proper conduct.For example, society expects young people to go to school every day and spend most of their day studying—this is to his or her own benefit. If this rule didn’t exist, young people might waste all their time playing video games or participating in other unimportant activities instead of spending their time learning how to read, write, and do mathematics.In this way, social rules help young people to use their time well and make good preparations for the future.
Another reason that social rules are good for young people is that they protect them from hurting themselves.As has always been the case， young people today are likely to make foolish decisions if they do not have rules that set clear boundaries for their behaviors。For example, many students today get involved in drugs. Without rules against these substances, even more students would try these things. Drugs can do long-term damage to young people's futures because their minds and bodies can be severely damaged; some even die from overdosing。Good parents will always emphasize the insurmountable importance of schoolwork and remind their kids that sports and games are only a way to release stress from studies.Social rules should therefore not be seen as strict and restrictive, but as good guides for young people that are in place to help both the individual as well as society as a whole.