Topics for discussion/analysis

Help me study for my English class. I’m stuck and don’t understand.

Due 25 July, 12 p.m. 2% bonus marks will be awarded to students who submit this assignment on the due date. Please email your assignment as an MS Word attachment at To be on the safe side, please also send the assignment to me as an MS Word attachment through Course Messages on Blackboard.

In the first page include your full name as it appears on College records, your ID, your course name and number (CRN), assignment name and date submitted. In the subject line of your email write “Discussion topic”.

Choose ONE of the following topics given below. Read your chosen topic well, discuss the implications of the authors’ views, then give your opinion on what has been said. Discuss the pros and cons and agree or disagree with the opinions expressed by the authors. Use proper arguments to state your opinion and provide proper reasons to justify what you are saying.

Type your work (not more than 2 pages long) in MS Word in either font Arial or Verdana size 12. Spacing 1.5.

1. It seems that every time you listen to a Talk Radio station you hear someone telling the world what’s wrong with the younger generation. Here are two examples of this common criticism:

“Our youth have an insatiable desire for wealth; they have bad manners and atrocious customs regarding dressing and their hair and what garments or shoes they wear”

“[They] love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority, show disrespect for elders, and love to chatter in place of exercise. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties from the table, cross their legs and tyrannize their teachers.”

Actually, it may surprise you to learn that neither of these quotes is contemporary. The first comes from Plato (4th century B.C), the second, Socrates (5th century B.C.).

Respond to the opinion expressed. You may address the whole issue or focus on one aspect, agree or disagree. Remember to stick to the topic

2. There has been a lot of talk about lowering the speed limits in Toronto to reduce road accidents. Toronto’s chief medical officer said that he wants the city to cut speed limits by 10 to 20 kilometres per hour to reduce the severity of injuries to pedestrians and cyclists. Do you think this is a good idea? What other steps can be taken to make our roads safe?

Prof. Angela


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