IELTS Writing Task 2 with sample answer.
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Families who send their children to private schools should not be required to pay taxes that support the state education system.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Give reasons for your answer, and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
Affluent parents tend to send their children to private schools. Parents that send their kids to private school need not pay taxes for public school system. From the view of the people deriving no direct benefit from the state education system, they do not see the point. It is viewed as a policy that sucks more money out of the pockets of taxpayers for apparently useless expenditure. I completely disagree with the notion. In a society where we deserve people to have certain services and society to function the way we expect, we will always need to pay for something we do not need, I think.
At times education was privilege. But when the state had discerned the importance of education, it acknowledged that education should be a right. The state introduces public education system through taxes. Public school system ensures the education for all, since education is crucial for our society, our communities, and our economy. In this instance, everybody should contribute to the state education system for the betterment of it. That is to say that better schools produce better educated students who get better salary that allow people to make a better life for their families and pay taxes for more investment in our schools, roads, parks, and so forth; there is that virtuous cycle again. My point is that whether you have children in public schools or not, you benefit by making sure that all children get a quality education that all public schools provide.
Americans have also experienced, from at least the time of Thomas Jefferson that a high-quality state education system accessible to all is extremely important to constructing a vibrant democracy in which intelligent and engaged citizens constructively debate public policy decisions. Thomas Jefferson himself wrote to James Madison in 1787: “Above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to; convinced that on their good sense we may rely with the most security for the preservation of a due degree of liberty.”
In conclusion, I want to return to the view the parents of children in private schools should be exempt. If I, as a taxpayer, choose to car to work, my taxes still go to repair the roads and if I use public transportation same thing happens. That is quite logical, because my daily bread comes in trucks that use those roads. If I get hit by a car, the ambulance will need those roads to carry me to the hospital. This means that not all benefits in society are direct, that does not seem they are non-existent.