2020年1月11日托福独立写作范文：It is more important for the government to spend money on new buildings than to preserve historic or traditional buildings and homes.
When a city is full of historical buildings and attractions, the government is often facing a dilemma whether it should put more money to preserve the past or more funding should be devoted to constructing new houses. Some may argue that making new houses available to more citizens should always occupy the most important position in the government’s decisions, since people who are living right now matter more than anything else. However, from my perspective, the fund actually should be better employed to preserve historical or traditional buildings.
To begin with, preserving old buildings could make the city or the country unique. It is usually history which makes us who we are. So are cities and countries. For example, without the old buildings in Xi’an, like the City Wall, the Terra-Cotta Worriers and Horses, the Bell Tower, and the Drum Tower showing the prosperity of the past, Xi’an would be no different from New York City or San Francisco, because all of those cities are filled with concrete match-box-like buildings and unfortunately, all the new buildings will be the same as well. However, proper funding, which can ensure the survival of those historical buildings for at least another century, protects the historical image of Xi’an, which shows the traditional Chinese culture and the fusion of different cultures due to the frequent exchange of cultures in the past. Showing perfectly contrast between the ancient and the modern gives Xi’an an image distinguishable from other cities in the world.
Moreover, providing funding for traditional buildings could help government make more money. Some may point out that making more new buildings available could actually bring fortune to the government, since there’s an increasing need for places to live with a larger and larger population. But as most of those buildings are supposed to be part of the basic needs of people, the price cannot be too high to afford. Thus the government shouldn’t be expected to earn plenty of money from this. However, preserving traditional buildings could bring millions and millions of visitors home and abroad every year, which, in turn, will encourage the development of various industries, like food and drinks industries, tourism, transportation, souvenirs manufacturing, etc. This could mean a large sum of money from taxes every year and thus the government could have a constant inflow of money to support various kinds of public welfare.
Furthermore, those historical buildings will be excellent educational places. Children are the future and if they couldn’t carry on the good tradition, the whole society may go astray, which may mean a complete disaster. Erecting more buildings can only satisfy those children physical needs, which cannot really save the society from danger, unless the children could be greatly improved mentally. And those historical buildings could do just that. For example, the Bell Tower in Xi’an constantly reminds children that it is important to get up early, since this is a good way to keep them diligent and focus on whatever they should be concentrated on; the worriers in the Terra-Cotta Museum keeps telling them that nothing comes easily and they should work hard to achieve what they want in life. Without those buildings which the children can really see and touch, history and traditions will become nothing but stories which will be too feeble to make them realize the importance.
Since preserving historical and traditional buildings could make a city or a country unique, could help the government to receive continuous income, and could provide good educational places, it is definitely more significant to offer funding to old buildings than new ones.
2020年1月11日托福独立口语范文：In order to improve the academic performance of students, your university is planning to limit the hours per week that a student can spend on university jobs. Do you agree with or disagree with the policy? Please state your opinion and explain the reasons.