Is it relevant or irrelevant to have knowledge of science?

IELTS Writing Task 2 with sample answer.

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Nowadays, people have limited knowledge of basic science. Is it relevant or irrelevant to have knowledge of science?

What your opinion on this issue?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Sample Answer:
Over specialisation at much younger age in many countries is debarring students from gaining elementary level of science. It is undoubtedly useful to man in many ways in today’s age of science and technology.

As it is important, hence it is taught to students till the age of 15. Due to this they attain basic knowledge of Botany, Zoology, Chemistry and Physics. Now, understanding of plants and trees helps them in gardening and teach them its necessity as they are the source of oxygen. Then Zoology helps them to know about other creatures they are surrounded by, importance of animals in maintaining food chain and thus ecosystem and also teaches them general functioning of the human body and how it is affected in common diseases like cough, cold and diarrhoea. After that, chemistry is useful to understand the composition of different materials, for instance how to make plaster of Paris, a commonly used substance in construction. Finally, physics teaches the mechanics of machines, and its repairing.  Without the knowledge of Physics, we cannot imagine the World we live in.

Besides these knowledge helps us to lead a better life everyday and prevents us from many dangers. We are taught first aid treatment for some emergencies like fire burn, accidents, heart attacks, snake bites et cetera. Moreover, the dangers due to electricity are prevented, as we are demonstrated that, water and body are good conductors of electricity and we must not touch the bare wire. In addition, I feel it helps us to develop a scientific approach towards everything, thus does not allow the superstitious thoughts to dominate our mind and also keeps us safe from being fooled by the cunning spiritual mystics.

In conclusion, scientific knowledge has changed the face of society in many ways, hence its propagation is must if we want to live in the civilised and advance world we have created.

[ by – Kaushik Varsani ]