While we give out enough summarized articles, we also realize that our learners are sometimes overloaded by the sheer amount of reading articles, especially for the General Paper. Accordingly, we provide content knowledge via bullet points. Perhaps, that’s not always the best way to nurture critical thinking, though learners sometimes require brief notes to help them to study for certain issues.
Then, lessons would be utilized to substantiate and also clarify the points for a fuller understanding and to equip them with clear examples to drive the argument.
In this particular case, we are offered to take a look at one controversial issue, which is often ignored by many researcher. That’s conformity vs individualism. It arises in questions such as whether schools should promote conformity or not or individualism isn’t good for the society, etc.
In a nutshell, some major points learners can raise include:
First, we should define what conformity means and what areas it will apply to. It’s clear that a low level argument or D grade essay could argue about the impact of conformity in design, fashion or consumer choice. They’re valid enough, though lack the depth as well as macro perspective required for higher grade essays.
A better argument would include personal enterprise, social values and needs, not to mention politics-based considerations.
Criticisms against conformity includes:
A reflection of the needs as well as challenges of modern times, where creativity and dynamism are appreciated. Of course, business skills are encouraged. Conformism, where one’s encouraged to follow the crowd or this person is fearful to be different, stops the development of these necessary qualities. An A-grade essay wouldn’t just discuss the ill effects of conformity. It would also stress why it’s especially harmful or undesirable considering today’s context.
Obviously, to follow the majority everywhere isn’t always right, to put it mildly. The matter is that doing this can bring fatal consequences sometimes. Learners would require providing examples to substantiate this point. It can be further developed on how much change took place when an individual or groups challenged the status quo.
Keep in mind that excessive conformity can be dehumanizing. Learners would require exploring the meaning of life or what it actually means to be a human being. They should also explore the ramifications of living in a society where folks are forced to suppress their quirks and instincts or blindly follow protocol or hierarchy. Students are expected to answer the uneasy question if the needs of the community outweigh the individual’s needs.
While we give out enough summarized articles, we also realize that our learners are sometimes overloaded by the sheer amount of reading articles, especially for the General Paper. Accordingly, we provide content knowledge via bullet points.