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Independent writing task Essay question Do you agree or disagree：young people today are more likely to give time and effort to improve the world than young people were in the past. 【话题提示】 时间发展，世界进步，长江后浪推前浪。这次又是一个新旧对比的问题。与其说是以前和现在年轻人的对比，更像是两个时代特征的对比。各有千秋，站住自己的观点。以前的年轻人更像是个整体，一副众生像，生活条件远不如今日，受教育、知识水平有限，但是集体感、道德感和责任感方面更强。而现在的年轻人，在新时代的浪潮下，各方面知识、素养、技能水平都明显提高，也更加有个性和创造力，但是也经常被批评过于独立、个人主义、担当感低。 Sample answer
Nowadays people are having conflicting views about whether young people today are more likely to give time and effort to improve the world than young people were in the past. Some people hold that young people today, due to a decline of moral value, do not care about making the world a better place. However, in my point of view, young people today are, indeed, more likely to give time to improving the world.
Firstly, thanks to the development of science and technology, young people today are able to receive more information about world's current situation and make a sound individual decision to help those in need. It is hardly imaginable if people live, so to say, fifty years ago. For example, one of my friends is currently working in UN Volunteer, a subsidiary branch of UN in charge of organizing international volunteer project. She told me that every year, tens of thousands of young applicants are submitting their interest in going to poor places and help those in need, and most of them get their information about UN Volunteer projects via their webpage. The technological development of our world does enable young people to give more time to making the world a better place. Secondly, today's educational system has a stronger emphasis on students' extracurricular activities, such volunteering work, entrepreneurial projects. Take China as an example. Decades ago university curriculum had a stronger emphasis on students' intellectual ability, such as calculation and interpretation. Recently experts and country administrators start to realize that an education of making children mentally better shaped is the education most justified. Thus, China's educational quality improves and the whole society evaluates students in various ways and encourages them to help others. In this way, young people today are more likely to give time to helping other people. Admittedly, there are some merits in the opposite argument - young people today are not doing as well as people in the past. The supporters of this argument notice that due to a moral decline and money-centered lifestyle, young people today are more likely to be morally eroded, as is shown in numerous TV programs. However, I argue that they just exaggerate the darkness too much. More young people today are trying their best to extend a hand to other people. All in all, I agree with the statement that young people today are more likely to give time and effort to improve the world than young people were in the past.