作者：武汉新航道北美考试院 托福写作组 卢雅静
Key words: gold mask, Ancient Greek, antique, treasure
分论点3：来自于Wilfrid M. Voynich本人
分论点3：手稿上的墨迹来自于很多年前，Wilfrid M. Voynich不可能有那么久远的墨水
In most elementary schools around the world, quick shifts are the order of the day. Young students sit in classes for about 45 minutes, then bell clangs, students must shift their gears mentally as they move from one subject to the next, typically several times a day. Today, some educators are questioning whether this way of scheduling the school days, behind which has a long tradition, is effective or a barrier to deliver good instructions. From my perspective, I believe that this typical class period is conducive for students comprehensively.
First, shorter class period allows the pupils to explore their interests. With shorter classes, students are able to accept education from different subjects every day. Apart from basic subjects like math, literature, physics and biology, other courses and activities such as art, music and physical education can also be woven into the day. Curriculum arrangement of this kind enables students at a young age to have access to various studying fields, broaden their horizon, as well as live up their potential and arouse their studying interests. In this way, not only will they be encouraged to concentrate more on study, but also it contributes to give full play of the strengths of every pupil from an early period, which is a necessary assistance for their future development.
Moreover, students’ studying pressure can be considerably alleviated. In order to promote the studying efficiency in shorter classes, teachers are forced to simplify the educational resources and optimize their teaching patterns. Therefore, the students’ strain of previewing lessons can be reduced. What’s more, instead of being overwhelmed by the tremendous amount of knowledge teachers inculcate in one hour or more, pupils just need to grasp some important and concise contents each class. After class, they will not be required to accomplish plentiful assignments and tasks either. Rather, it is possible for them to entertain or play sports with friends and families. The shorter class period leaves the young students enough space to relieve pressure and gain both mental and physical development.
Indeed, the educators who embrace the longer class period argue that the extended classes make it easier for teachers to put various teaching methods including cooperative learning, hands-on activities, long-term projects, and interdisciplinary lessons into practice. In this way, teachers are able to not only attempt new technologies in class but also pass on more knowledge to students. However, for young students at the age of five to ten, it will be an arduous mission for them to survive a class lasting more than one hour. Lacking self-discipline, they are more likely to feel bored and tune out, which makes it possible that during the second half section of the classes, the studying efficiency will dramatically collapse.
In conclusion, I am a firm proponent of the shorter class period for pupils around five to ten.