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Take breaks while you study

Posted onOctober 30, 2017bygptuitionsg

Dear students, As you head towards those stressful final exams, you might feel compelled to lock yourself in your bedroom from 8 am to 10 pm and stare at your textbooks for 4 hours at a time. That is not … Continue reading →

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‘Longer life expectancy creates more problems than benefits.’ Discuss. (A-levels 2016)

Posted onOctober 10, 2017bygptuitionsg

By Steven Ooi, website owner and GP tutor (retired) B.A. (First Class Honours), NUS Imagine waking up one day with your wife of 32 years. “Good morning, dear,” you say with a smile, as you have every morning for over … Continue reading →

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‘Human actions should be based on scientific fact, not religious faith.’ A model essay

Posted onJanuary 24, 2017bygptuitionsg

Note from author: This essay is over 1,800 words in length. Please do not feel that you need to write so much to score an A in GP. Indeed, a compact 750-word essay can do very well if it is of … Continue reading →

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In your society, how well are the demands of the economy and the environment balanced? (A-level GP exam 2015)

Posted onFebruary 24, 2016bygptuitionsg

In your society, how well are the demands of the economy and the environment balanced? A model essay (A-level GP exam 2015) By Steven Ooi, GP tutor B.A. (First Class Honours), NUS It has often been said that pragmatism is Singapore’s … Continue reading →

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Singapore is not an island

Posted onOctober 6, 2015bygptuitionsg

A must-read article for all Singaporeans and Malaysians alike, by one of Singapore’s foremost intellectuals, Mr Bilahari Kausikan. …… Malaysia is undergoing a systemic change that has profound consequences for Singapore What do most Singaporeans make of recent events in … Continue reading →

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Why should we be concerned with current affairs when most of them will soon be forgotten? (GCE A-levels 2013) A model essay

Posted onAugust 25, 2014bygptuitionsg

By Steven Ooi, GP tutor B.A. (First Class Honours), NUS The economic sanctions imposed on Russia by the European Union, the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, the manipulation of users’ news feeds by Facebook in an experiment … Continue reading →

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Read… and free your mind

Posted onApril 11, 2014bygptuitionsg

My fellow tutor-blogger Kevin Seah expounds beautifully on the sheer power of reading in this article. One of the things that most perturb me about our education system in Singapore today is that students hardly read anymore. I am not referring to reading … Continue reading →

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GP Essay Questions

‘The golden age is before us.’ How applicable is this to the elderly today?

“In an increasingly connected world, international issues should take precedence over local ones.” To what extent do you agree?

How far is achieving equality for all a realistic goal in your society?

To what extent is modern technology responsible for our environmental problems?

Does privacy still have a place in today’s world?

Should university education be free of charge?

‘No risk, no reward.’ Is this good advice for young people in your society today?

Is the right to eat more important than the right to vote?

Are machines making humans obsolete?

Is regulation of the press desirable?

To what extent can sport be used to improve relations among countries?

‘Science is the new religion.’ To what extent do you agree?

How important is it to preserve our traditional cultures in today’s rapidly changing world?

‘There is no such thing as bad publicity.’ To what extent is this true?

Can the use of animals for scientific research ever be justified?

‘The quality of written language is being destroyed by social media.’ What is your view?

Is competition always desirable?

Discuss the claim that social media has been the ruination of the younger generation.

‘Democracy is essential for a country to become a developed nation.’ Do you agree?

‘The modern man is a lonely man.’ Discuss.

‘There is greater value in reading fiction than keeping updated with current affairs.’ Do you agree?

Should we be extremely excited or very disturbed by the possibility of creating genetically modified human beings?

‘Education is not a tool to change the world – it is a weapon employed to ensure it stays the same.’ Discuss.

‘The past is not dead; it is not even past.’ Discuss.

‘Global warming is inevitable; instead of trying to stop it, we need to start adapting to it as best we can.’ Is this a reasonable position to adopt?

Should governments restrict the opinions of people given that it is increasingly difficult to do so?

Considering the money involved, should developing countries be allowed to host major sporting events?

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” (Socrates) What are your views?

How far is it possible for one country to forgive another for its past actions?

“Democracy encourages the majority to decide things about which the majority is ignorant.” (John Simon) To what extent is this reflective of your country?

How far is science fiction becoming fact?

“In today’s world, power is determined by economic success, not military might.” Discuss.

Consider the view that we have not done enough to address the problem of human exploitation.

Consider the view that economic growth can lead to a more equitable society.

‘Religion serves no practical purpose but to give us hope.’ Comment.

‘Technology has imprisoned us, rather than liberated us.’ Is this a fair comment?

Has the government of your country got its priorities right both in terms of its present policies and future plans?

Discuss the view that too much faith is placed in scientific progress.

‘The world would be a better place if more political leaders were women.’ What is your view?

In your society, to what extent is it acceptable for public money to be used for the acquisition of works of art?

‘History holds us back rather than spurs us forward.’ To what extent is this true?

‘Eating has never been more dangerous.’ Discuss.

‘No cause is ever worth dying for.’ Discuss.

How far should firms be allowed to limit their workers’ rights when profits are at stake?

“Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.” (Honore de Balzac) What are your views?

‘The pursuit of wealth brings more suffering than joy.’ Is this a fair comment?

“Democracy has failed.” Do you agree?

“Capitalism has failed.” Do you agree?

Examine the role of music in establishing a national identity in your society.

‘The social media make friendship meaningless’. To what extent do you agree?

‘Countries experiencing conflict should be left to sort out their own problems.’ How far do you agree?

‘It is better to be an entertainment celebrity than a politician today.’ What are your views?

How effectively is public health promoted and managed in your society?

To what extent is science a threat to humanity?

Consider the argument that the main purpose of television should be to educate rather than simply to entertain.

“Living in a multicultural, multi-religious and multiracial society brings more problems than benefits.’ What are your views?

‘Inequality is a fact of life.’ To what extent do you accept this?

Consider the view that some careers are better suited to one gender than the other.

To what extent are people judged more by their physical appearance than by their abilities?

‘Nowadays, anybody who works hard can get a degree but only the educated person can be of value to society.’ Comment.

In your society, how well are the demands of the economy and the environment balanced?

‘Rehabilitation, not punishment, should be the purpose of the justice system.’ Discuss.

To what extent has your society achieved inclusiveness?

‘Truth is more dangerous than lies.’ Discuss.

‘Reality TV does not reflect reality.’ Comment.

‘The advancement of a country is defined by its commitment to the Arts.’ Is this a fair comment?

‘Parents have no right to impose their own values and beliefs on their children.’ Discuss.

‘A nation’s might lies in its people, not its natural resources.’ How true is this?

How successful is the education system of your country in instilling a sense of curiosity in students?

‘For the majority of people, the Arts are irrelevant to their daily lives.’ How true is this of your society?

‘The great power of the media should be balanced with an equally great sense of responsibility.’ Discuss.

‘Books serve little purpose in education as technological developments become more sophisticated.’ How far do you agree?

‘Unless governments have the courage to make extremely unpopular decisions today, we will all suffer tomorrow.’ To what extent does this apply to your own country?

‘Revolution, not evolution.’ Is this what your country needs to continue to thrive in the 21st century?

‘All news is fiction’. Comment.

‘Human need, rather than profit, should always be the main concern of scientific research.’ Discuss.

‘Technology has usurped the rights of the individual.’ Is this true?

“All talk and no action.” To what extent is this a fair description of man’s efforts to protect the environment?

To what extent should the arts in your society focus on local rather than foreign talent?

‘Gambling on sport undermines its spirit and should be banned.’ How realistic is this position?

‘Unlike the Arts, such as writing or music, Mathematics lacks the capacity for creativity.’ How far do you agree with this statement?

“The best solution to the world’s problems is for people to live a simpler life.” Discuss.

“Technological advancement worsens poverty.” Do you agree?

‘Everyone has an opinion, but not everyone’s opinion is of equal value.’ What is your view?

‘Traditional marriage is an outdated concept.’ To what extent is this true of your society?

Consider the view that imposing international sanctions on a country is usually ineffective.

Is there any value in preserving minority languages in the world?

‘Art is a process, not a product.’ What do you think?

‘People in the Arts, living or dead, receive far more recognition than those in the Sciences, though it is less deserved.’ Consider this claim.

Should people be allowed to have children by artificial means?

‘Any adaptation of a novel for film, television or the theatre is never as effective as the original.’ Discuss.

To what extent are the rights of animals protected in your society?

When a government’s finances for social welfare are limited, should they be directed towards the young or the old?

‘The most influential individuals in history are those who have caused the most harm.’ How far would you accept this view?

Is violence ever justified?

Consider the view that mathematics possesses not only truth, but supreme beauty.

In your society, how far is equality for all a reality?

Should everyone be expected to donate suitable organs after death?

Can humour ever be serious?

Is it possible accurately to portray the beauty of a piece of music in words?

Is there any point in trying to predict future trends?

‘Human actions should be based on scientific fact, not religious faith.’ How far do you agree with this statement?

‘The affluent world should be ashamed that poverty still exists.’ Is this a fair comment?

‘The key criterion for good government is how well the economy is managed.’ Is this a fair assessment?

How far is it acceptable for technology to be used only for financial benefit?

Is the Internet the greatest force humanity has ever known?

‘The more technology advances, the more schools lose their relevance.’ Is this a fair comment?

‘Photography is not an art form.’ Discuss.

Considering current trends, do you think your country will be a better or worse place to live 10 years from now?

‘Mankind’s uncontrollable sense of curiosity is more of a curse than a blessing.’ Discuss.

‘Victory by any means, at any cost.’ Is this an acceptable position to adopt in time of war?

‘Democracy is essential for a country to become a developed nation.’ Do you agree?

‘People get the government they deserve.’ Discuss.

Is there anything wrong with wanting to live forever?

‘In order to truly advance as a species, we need to radically re-assess and redefine our current definition of progress.’ Discuss.

Is your country prepared for the future?

‘Scientific progress always comes with a price society has to pay.’ Do you agree?

‘Religion divides more than unites.’ Discuss.

How far do you agree that the poor only have themselves to blame for their plight?

To what extent is the large amount of money being spent in the field of genetic engineering justifiable?

‘The idea of gender roles is no longer valid.’ Do you agree?

Assess the view that most natural disasters are the result of human activity.

Do films offer anything more than an escape from reality?

‘Longer life expectancy creates more problems than benefits.’ Discuss.

‘Tourism comes at a high price.’ How true is this?

‘Older people are wiser; the young should listen to them.’ To what extent do you agree?

‘Life is meaningless if there is no death.’ Comment.

To what extent is it possible ‘to make the punishment fit the crime’?

‘Rich in things and poor in spirit.’ Is this true of your society today?

‘There is no place for ethics in business.’ Discuss.

‘Work-life balance is unachievable in today’s society.’ Do you agree?

“A country should be run like a business.” Discuss this with reference to your country.

‘Victims of discrimination deserve special consideration.’ Do you agree?

‘Disconnect the computer, disconnect my life.’ How far is this true of modern society?

Should parents be blamed for the mistakes of their children?

‘No complaint, no change.’ How true is this of Singapore society?

‘Greed is the greatest cause of poverty.’ Do you agree?

‘Getting what one wants in life is what matters.’ Discuss.

‘There should be no retirement age.’ Discuss.

Which is more important for the well-being of today’s world – the arts or the sciences?

Is too much control being exercised on the new media in your country – or too little?

To what extent can be regulation of scientific or technological developments be justified?

Should people spend so much time and effort on sport when the chances of success are slim?

Discuss the claim that in the modern world people should care more about international than national issues.

How important is it for firms to be socially responsible in today’s world?

Are we placing too much emphasis on innovation in today’s society?

‘Pop culture is all about appearance.’ Is this a fair comment?

To what extent is the commercialisation of sport a positive trend?

Examine the extent to which expenditure on arms and the armed forces is justifiable in the modern world.

Would you agree that modern technology addresses our human desires more than our needs?

‘A stable society depends on the preservation of the traditional family.’ Comment.

Has your country paid too high a price in its pursuit of economic growth?

‘Education in modern society focuses too much on the sciences.’ Discuss.

Discuss the idea that greed is good.

Can prejudice ever be eliminated?

‘Taking risks is an essential part of life and should be encouraged.’ Discuss.

Consider the view that efficient government is more important than democracy.

To what extent is it acceptable for private companies to be involved in financing scientific research?

To what extent can technology be a solutiont to social problems?

‘Environmental concerns and economic growth cannot co-exist.’ Do you agree?

Do newspapers still have a place in your society?

Do awards and prizes serve any useful purpose?

How far should medical resources be used to extend life expectancy?

Can space research be justified nowadays?

‘Only modern architecture and modern art have a place in today’s world.’ How true is this of your society?

How far should countries aim to be self-sufficient?

‘Science is unreliable, being based as much on theory as on fact.’ Is this a fair comment?

‘Globalisation divides people more than it unites.’ Do you agree?

Why bother to read the daily newspaper? Discuss.

“Science has the ability to prolong life but not better it.” Comment.

“War is but a necessary evil.” Comment.

How far do you agree that health is the responsibility of the State, not of the individual?

‘Entrepreneurship is just another name for personal greed.’ How far do you agree with this statement?

“A little science estranges a man from God. A lot of science brings him back.” (Francis Bacon) Discuss.

“When we give to others, we should always do so without expecting anything in return.” Do you agree?

“The view of the majority is always right.” Do you agree?

“To strive towards gender equality is to act against nature.” To what extent do you agree?

‘Scientific research into health and diet is unreliable as it so often contradicts itself.’ Is this a fair comment?

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, determines your altitude.” (G. Carter) Is this true?

Examine the claim that the world is too dependent on oil.

‘Idealism brings disillusionment; realism brings results.’ Discuss.

Do you agree that eradicating poverty is a lost cause?

‘Your character is your destiny’. Comment

Is science necessarily the key to the advancement of mankind?

“In the global race to thrive, it is ultimately science and technology that will determine the winners and losers of globalisation.” Discuss.

Does being a pragmatist take the joy out of living?

Does modern technology always improve the quality of people’s lives?

“Work keeps us alive but play keeps us young.” Is there a healthy balance between work and leisure in your country?

“Every man is the architect of his own good fortune.” Do you agree that man is the master of his own destiny?

“The pen is mightier than the sword.” Can written language really be so powerful?

How far is increased prosperity for all a realistic goal in your society?

Should the wealthy and middle-class feel guilty that there is poverty in the world?

“There is no place for nationalism in a globalised world.” To what extent do you agree?

Is a policy of non-interference an ethical position for a country to take in foreign affairs?

Do you believe that all countries should give their citizens a high degree of freedom of speech as well as assembly?

‘To hate people is always wrong.’ Argue a case for or against this view.

“Freedom of the press is no different from any of our so-called freedoms; it must be curtailed.” How far do you agree with this statement?

“Computers and mobile phones have made us all worse at talking to one another, not better!” What do you think?

“The modern woman has paid too high a price in her quest for equality.” Do you agree?

Do you believe that getting good grades in school is the key to success in the modern world?

“It is a sad fact that in order to maintain a civilised society, we need to inflict barbaric punishments.” Discuss.

“The role of the arts should not be to shock but to humanise our world.” Discuss.

Consider the view that spoken language is more important than the written form.

Does education always make one wise?

“Just do it.” Is this advice sound?

“Morality has taken a backseat in today’s world.” Do you agree?

“The youth of today are less prepared for future challenges than their parents’ generation.” Do you agree? (The Arena)

“Man’s greatest enemy is himself.” Discuss.

Is it wrong for society to give more recognition to pop stars than to Nobel Prize winners?

‘Myths have no place in the modern world.’ Do you agree?

“Harmony seldom makes headlines.” Discuss in relation to the mass media today.

“Education is no longer about learning but about economic survival.” To what extent do you agree with this view?

Is science more important to mankind than art?

“Music today is just packaged noise.” Discuss.

Discuss the view that, with an increasing global need for energy, every possible source should be exploited to the full.

“The secret of a happy life is moderation in all things.” Discuss.

“Power to the people.” To what extent is this a good political philosophy?

Have Man’s actions already doomed his descendants?

“It is inevitable that the aged will be a liability.” How far is this an accurate reflection of your country?

Why should we be concerned with current affairs when most of them will soon be forgotten?

In your opinion, is the goal of avoiding ecological disaster hopeless?

“We have bred a generation of little emperors and empresses.” Is this a fair comment on today’s children?

What is the most serious problem in the world today?

Is a preoccupation with the past merely an escape from the present?

Should men and women still maintain separate and differentiated roles in today’s society?

Is it true that the old must now learn from the young?

‘Modern communications technology has made us all worse at talking to one another, not better!’ What do you think?

“The salvation of the world lies in international cooperation.” Do you agree?

Many developed countries are paying increasing attention to the needs of the disadvantaged. How far is this true in your country?

Discuss the view that too much faith is placed in statistics.

‘Contemporary music has no artistic value.’ Is this a fair comment?

“Beware the machines – they are taking control of the human race.” Discuss.

“Art brings only emotional satisfaction and entertainment; it cannot solve the major problems of the world.” Discuss.

“Man’s greatest enemy is himself.” Discuss.

Is it true that environmentalism is a luxury few can afford?

‘Education should only be concerned with what is useful is life.’ Discuss.

Has increased interaction between nations amplified world problems?

“Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” (Mao Tse-Tung) To what extent do you agree?

“A sportsman should not be paid more than a doctor.” What are your views?

“Television is chewing-gum for the eyes.” How far do you agree with this critical view of television?

Should we impose a legal limit on how much a person can earn?

‘Sport divides people more than it unites them.’ Discuss.

Should richer countries give aid abroad while people at home suffer?

‘Nowadays, the pleasures of reading can never compete with the pleasures of visual entertainment.’ To what extent do you agree?

How likely is it that we will experience a Third World War?

‘The really idle man gets nowhere; the perpetually busy does not get much further.’ (H. Ogilvie) Do you agree?

How far can the needs of minorities be met in modern Singapore?

Is the idea of having one partner for life still a realistic one?

How far is it possible to ensure that all producers of food and goods are fairly rewarded?

“The fight for rights has created a selfish generation.” How true is this of modern society?

Is History anything more than the study of warfare?

In efforts to save the environment, the developed world should take the lead and make the sacrifices. How far do you agree?

Is Singapore truly a developed country?

Does the presence of a foreign power ever help a country with problems?

To what extent is design important in your society?

How should we measure a person’s success in life?

“The arts are only for those with money and time to spare.” Do you agree?

“Ignorance is bliss.” Discuss.

To what extent does the migration of people have a positive effect?

‘People who do the most worthwhile jobs rarely receive the best financial rewards.’ To what extent is this true of your society?

‘Air travel should be discouraged, not promoted.’ To what extent do you agree?

‘Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies but let wasps and hornets break through.’ (Jonathan Swift) Discuss.

How far do physical features, such as size and location, determine a country’s progress?

Is it possible for human beings to solve the problem of corruption?

Evaluate the claim that equality of opportunity for females is a desirable, but unrealistic, goal.

The world in a hundred years’ time – will it be a better or worse place?

‘I am a Millionaire. That is my religion.’ To what extent has the pursuit of wealth become the modern goal?

Punishment or rehabilitation – which is more important in society’s fight against crime?

‘Mankind needs to fear diseases more than wars.’ What are your views?

Do you think the world will be a better place if we all “share and share alike”?

‘Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation.’ (Nelson Mandela, 2005) Is this possible for your generation?

Discuss the extent to which the mass media plays an important role in shaping the opinions of young people today.

‘Only governments can put an end to environmental problems.’ How far do you agree?

‘In the world today, it is more difficult to be a man than a woman.’ Discuss.

‘The family today no longer plays a large role in raising the teenager.’ How far is this true in your country?

‘City life is millions of people being lonesome together.’ (Henry David Thoreau) To what extent do you agree?

Do you agree that old age is no longer something to be feared?

To what extent is an interest in the arts an important part of a young person’s life?

Consider the importance of having balance.

Is your country losing its identity as it embraces globalisation?

Does a study of history make you optimistic or pessimistic about the future of the human race?

“Complete equality between the sexes is neither a realistic nor desirable aim.” Discuss.

“Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Discuss.

“True democracy means much more than having the right to vote.” What do you think?

Is knowledge really power?

Is man the master or slave of modern technology?

Consider the view that man is more knowledgeable, but not necessarily wiser.

‘Literature, drama and art all amount to making something out of nothing.’ Is this a fair assessment of the arts?

To what extent do the new media promote democratic ideals?

‘Environmental conservation is far more likely to be effective when it is not motivated by selflessness.’ Discuss.

Should a government concern itself only with pragmatic issues and not strive to be a moral compass?

‘Hosting major sporting events creates more problems than benefits.’ Do you agree?

‘Medical science has been so successful that people now expect too much of it.’ Discuss.

‘Instead of speeding up the pace of life, we should be slowing it down.’ What do you think?

‘The tourist does not see the country the inhabitants know.’ How far is this true of your country?

‘Too much attention is given to criminals; not enough to their victims.’ Is this true?

To what extent are alternative lifestyles acceptable in your society today?

Is your country heading in the right direction?

Are we too dependent on technology?

“Patience is the key element of success.” Discuss.

Is an ageing population necessarily a bad thing?

“History records male acts, is written by males, and therefore is of no interest to females.” How far do you agree?

To what extent are the modern mass media creating a truly informed world?

“Only those who risk going too far can ever know how far they can go.” To what extent do you agree?

“Solving the problem of climate change should be the top priority of all governments.” Discuss.

“The economy should always be the top priority for any government.” Discuss.

“It is how we listen, not how we speak, that makes the greatest impact on people.” Discuss.

“In this high-tech world, we have lost our ability to listen.” To what extent do you agree?

“Follow your heart.” Is this good advice?

Does the presence of a foreign power ever help a country with problems?

How important are dreams?

‘The more science advances, the more religion will decline.’ To what extent do you agree?

How far do physical features, such as size and location, determine a country’s progress?

‘Nowadays, the pleasures of reading can never compete with the pleasures of visual entertainment.’ To what extent do you agree?

To what extent does the migration of people have a positive effect?

‘Air travel should be discouraged, not promoted.’ To what extent do you agree?

Discuss the view that too much faith is placed in statistics.

‘Contemporary music has no artistic value.’ Is this a fair comment?

How far is it possible to ensure that all producers of food and goods are fairly rewarded?

To what extent is design important in your society?

Is the elimination of global poverty a realistic aim?

How far is it important for people to be aware of current events in countries other than their own?

‘Only educated people should have the right to vote in elections.’ What is your view?

Are certain types of writing superior to others?

Should a love of one’s country still be encouraged?

To what extent had technology had an impact on both privacy and security in your country?

‘History records male acts, written by males, and holds little interest for females as a result.’ Is this a fair comment?

How far should religion influence political decisions?

Should every country have the right to carry out unlimited scientific research?

Assess the impact of foreign films or foreign TV programmes on the culture of your society.

Can the transport of food over vast distances be justified?

‘Fashion is as much a good thing as a bad thing.’ To what extent do you agree?

As long as people in the public eye do their job well, does it matter what they do in private?

‘Man does not have the will to solve his environmental woes.’ Do you agree?

Should smoking be completely banned?

‘Good governance is the main reason for Singapore’s success.’ Do you agree?

‘Violence begets violence.’ Does violence solve any problems at all?

‘Climate change is the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced.’ Do you agree?

Should developing countries be responsible for the plight of developing ones?

‘National pride is an outdated notion.’ Discuss.

‘The age of media freedom has arrived.’ Discuss.

Do you think it is better to be young or old?

‘Singapore’s future depends on her ability to reinvent herself.’ Comment.

‘The key to changing the world lies in changing oneself.’ Discuss.

Discuss the value of a vibrant arts scene to a world-class city.

How far are our lives affected by the past?

‘Blue is the new gold.’ Assess the validity of this claim about water in our world today.

To what extent can education improve the lives of people?

“Economic prosperity is the most important criterion in measuring the success of a country.” Do you agree?

Has the lure of commercial profits corrupted the fundamental purpose of science and technology?

Should experiments involving animals be permitted?

To what extent has the traditional male role changed in your country?

“Professional sports today is more about money than anything else.” Is this a fair assessment?

Is an arts education becoming irrelevant in your society?

Is the information revolution brought about by the Internet a boon or a bane?

“Advancements in technology have led to a moral decline in the human race.” Comment.

“Human beings are rational creatures.” To what extent do you agree?

“Science is the key to solving our environmental problems.” Discuss.

“Democracy is just a fancy word for partisan bickering and gridlocked government.” To what extent do you agree?

Is the Internet a force for good or ill in society?

Is it possible to solve the problem of corruption?

“The rich get richer, the poor get poorer.” To what extent is this an inevitable fact of life?

“Globalisation has been good for sports.” Discuss.

‘The more one chases happiness, the less happy one will be.’ To what extent do you agree?

‘A life spent primarily on the pursuit of material things is a wasted life.’ To what extent do you agree?

Do you agree that today the Arts are more about form than function?

“Yes we can.” (Barack Obama) Is such optimism too idealistic in today’s world?

How far has modern technology made it unnecessary for individuals to possess mathematical skills?

‘Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.’ How far do you agree with this statement?

‘The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.’ Assess the validity of this statement in light of modern-day history.

‘Far too much attention is given to young people and not enough to the elderly.’ To what extent is this statement reflective of the situation in your society?

‘Politics should stay out of the world of sports.’ Is that possible?

How far, in your society, should unpopular views be open to discussion?

What is more important in the modern world – logic or imagination?

‘Our generation is better educated than that of our parents, but theirs is wiser than ours.’ Discuss.

Technology will increasingly allow people to work from home. Is this desirable?

Consider the view that the study of another language is not necessary when English is so widely used today.

Is a world without nuclear weapons an impossible dream?

Is there any value in popular culture?

Consider the view that most work these days could and should be done from home.

How far can an individual be held responsible for crimes against humanity?

Would it matter if all the performing arts venues in your society such as concert halls and theatres were closed down?

‘The person who dies rich dies disgraced.’ Discuss.

‘The book has no place in modern society.’ Discuss.

To what extent has technology had a negative impact on the skill levels of people?

Does sport merit the vast sums that are spent on it?

How effective are international efforts to ease the problem of hunger?

‘No politician’s reputation can survive the judgement of time.’ How true is this?

How important is it for people in your society to retain a sense of tradition?

Assess the view that attempts to control climate change can never be truly effective.

‘The key to good health is lifestyle rather than medicine.’ How far do you agree?

Can mathematics be seen as anything more than a useful tool in everyday life?

Should meritocracy be rejected?

‘The culture of convenience created by technology is more a blessing than a curse.’ What are your views?

“Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government.” (Thomas Jefferson) To what extent do you agree?

‘It is the duty of parents. not schools, to teach values to young people.’ How far do you agree?

‘Economic growth measures everything except what lends fullness to our lives.’ What are your views?

Consider the view that celebrities could, and should, tackle global issues.

‘Politicians care more about their own interests than those of their people.’ Is this a fair comment?

‘With technology, we will achieve equality.’ Discuss.

Examine the claim that sport has lost its meaning in today’s world.

Which is more important – competition or cooperation?

‘Regrettably, the sole purpose of education today is to get our young people to make a living.’ Discuss.

In times of economic hardship, should a country still be expected to provide financial or material aid to others?

‘Science creates more problems than it solves.’ Comment.

Assess the view that traditional buildings have no future in your society.

To what extent does your society encourage diversity?

Have we gone too far with animal rights?

Do events, rather than politicians, shape the future?

‘Practical ability is just as important as intellectual skills.’ How far is this true in your society?

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