Should Class Attendance Be Required?
Nowadays required class attendance is very common at colleges and universities. Most people take it for granted that students should attend all the classes required by school. However still some others do not agree with this argument. They don't think it should be compulsory for students to attend class.
As for me, I'm in favor of the latter opinion. The following reasons can account for my preference. First, the rigid attendance policy does not benefit students' studies. For example, a student may have to give up a lecture which he finds useful to his studies simply because he dare not run the rest of being penalized for his absence in his course. Second,the lectures of some teachers are not always constructive. A student should be allowed to tell for himself whether an inclass experience is worthwhile. Finally and most importantly, there is no proving and corelation between class attendance and academic performance. A student may never be absent in a course, but who knows whether or not he is just sitting there daydreaming all the time.
In conclusion, class attendance may secure one hundred percent attendance for a course.But it is not really beneficial to us. As college students we should learn to make the right decisions for ourselves about whether to attend a class.
Machine Translation and Human Translation
In recent years, all kinds of electronic dictionaries and translation software have been developed. With the development of technology,these electronic dictionaries and software can help us translate not only words and phrases, but even sentences and paragraphs. So some people come to the conclusion that machine translation will replace traditional human translation. However,I couldn't agree with this argument.
Admittedly,translation machines and software bring much convenience for our study and work. With them,we needn't bother to live through the heavy dictionaries. However,machine translation has its disadvantages. First,generally speaking, translation software only can give direct translation, which is sometimes not in accordance with the original articles in logic and meaning. Second,some people depend on electronic dictionaries and software too much, which is unfavorable to their improvement in language ability.
Considering the above mentioned, I think that machine translation cannot replace human translation, but it is a good complementary to human translation. Therefore,we should combine machine translation with human translation effectively.
How to make full use of reference books?
Nowadays reference books have become a problem of great concern for both teachers and students. There are many kinds of reference books available in the book market. A smarter use of these books is certainly beneficial.But the misuse and over-use of them may cause a lot of problems.
First of all,teaching reference books might make the students less attentive in class. Armed with reference books,many students may think that they know what the teacher is going to talk about. So they may not listen to the teacher in class at all. Secondly,some students rely on the reference books too much, which is unfavorable to the improvement of their ability to work out the solutions for themselves. Thirdly,there are some reference books with many mistakes, which might mislead the students.
Considering the above mentioned, we should be careful in selecting and using reference books. Firstly,we should check the contents of the book carefully,but not only pay attention to the brand of the publishing house. In addition we can turn to the recommendation of teachers and students around us. Besides,reference books are just an assistant, so we shouldn't rely on them too much. Only in this way can we make full use of reference books.
University mergence is a new trend in university development. As a hot topic on and off campus, it has received much of public attention. People's attitudes towards it vary greatly.
People who against it see it as a hasty decision, which has some potential problems. They claim, for instance, located far away from each other, universities involved with mergence are usually faced with the tough problem of management.
Other people who favor it see it as a step that universities take towards the goal of first-rate world university. They argue that, only through mergence can university take full play of advantages and make up their disadvantages. Like the mergence between Tsinghua University and the Institude of Applied Arts. The university's strengths in the field of high techonology complement the latter university that has a reputation for art. They also point out that by mergence the Chinese universities will increase their competitie power in the world.
In my opinion, the university mergence has more advantages than disadvantages, but the university should take into account the potential dangers resulting from the mergence..