Praxis I Writing Topics

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Topic 1
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“Celebrities have a tremendous influence on the young, and for that reason, they have a responsibility to act as role models.”
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Topic 2
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“Our society is overly materialistic. We center our lives on acquiring material things at the expense of such traditional values as family and education.”
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Topic 3
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“Censorship of song lyrics, television shows, and offensive speech is necessary in order to protect the rights of all members of society.”
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Topic 4
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“Young people who attend college immediately after high school often lack a clear sense of direction and seriousness about their learning. Before hurrying into college, it’s better to get a taste of the real world by working or serving in the military for a few years.”
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“Although routines may seem to put us in a rut and stifle creativity, in fact routines make us more efficient and allow creativity to blossom.”
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Topic 6
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“An effective leader of any organization-from the military to businesses to social organizations-is someone who is decisive, acts quickly, and remains committed to certain key principles.”
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Topic 7
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“Advances in computer technology have made the classroom unnecessary, since students and teachers are able to communicate with each other from computer terminals at home or at work.”
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Topic 8
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“Schools should be open for classes all year long.”
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Topic 9
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“Schools should focus more on preparing students for specific careers and vocations, and less on teaching subjects such as literature, art, and history.”
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Topic 10
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“Although the marvels of technology surround us every day, there are moments when we all would give anything to be freed from that technology.”
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Topic 11
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“Colleges should require all students, regardless of their individual majors, to take a common set of required courses.”
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Topic 12
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“Schools should require all students to participate in field trips since these outings are an essential part of the curriculum for all grade levels.”
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Topic 13
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“In order to prepare students to live in a culturally diverse society, schools should formally require all students to study other cultures and societies in depth.”
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Topic 14
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“One clear sign that our society has improved over the past 100 years is the development of disposable products whose convenience has made our lives easier.”
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Topic 15
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“The best way to understand the true nature of a society is to study its dominant trends in art, music, and fashion.”
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Topic 16
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“Because the traditional grading scale of A through F fosters needless competition and pressure, colleges and universities should use a simple pass/fail system.”
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Topic 17
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“To address the problem of chronic truancy, schools should fine the parents of students who are frequently absent from school.”
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Topic 18
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“Studying a foreign language should be a college requirement for anyone planning to be a teacher.”
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Topic 19
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“We are constantly bombarded by advertisements-on television and radio, in newspapers and magazines, on highway signs and the sides of buses. They have become too pervasive. It’s time to put limits on advertising.”
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Topic 20
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“In order to understand other societies, all college students should be required to spend at least one of their undergraduate years studying or working in a foreign country.”
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Topic 21
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“Every member of society should be required before the age of 21 to perform at least one year of community or government service, such as the Peace Corps, the military, a hospital, the Environmental Conservancy Corps, a rural or inner-city school, or some equivalent organization.”
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Topic 22
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“Citizens of the United States should be allowed to designate how a portion of their tax dollars should be spent.”
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Topic 23
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“The only important criterion by which to judge a prospective teacher is his or her ability to get along with the widest possible variety of students.”
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Topic 24
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“Rather than relying on taxes, communities should be directly responsible for raising any required funds to pay for all extracurricular public school activities, including after-school sports.”
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Topic 25
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“School activities not directly related to course work, such as assemblies and pep rallies, should not be part of the regular school day.”
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Topic 26
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“School children should be required to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities so that they can become well-rounded individuals.”
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Topic 27
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“All schools should have student dress codes.”
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Topic 28
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“It is well withing the capability of society to guarantee that all public schools are entirely drug-free.”
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Topic 29
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“Opinion polls should not play an important role in the political decision-making process because they indicate only what is popular, not what is the right or wrong position for our leaders to take.”
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Topic 30
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“Childhood is a time for studying and playing, not working. Parents should not force their children to do chores.”
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Topic 31
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“We are all influenced in lasting ways-whether positive or negative-by the particular kind of community in which we grew up.”
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Topic 32
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“Television has had an overwhelmingly negative impact on society.”
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Topic 33
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“Grading systems should be replaced with some other method of measuring students’ performance because giving grades to students puts too much emphasis on competition and not enough emphasis on learning for its own sake.”
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Topic 34
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“Political candidates should not be allowed to use popular actors in their advertising campaigns. Candidates too often win elections because they have actors for friends rather than because they are honestly qualified to represent the public interest.”
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Topic 35
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“Television programming should be limited and strictly monitored for offensive content by a governmental supervising agency.”
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Topic 36
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“Although we say we value freedom of expression, most of us are not really very tolerant of people who express unpopular ideas or act in nonconforming ways.”
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Topic 37
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“Job satisfaction is more important in a career than high salary and fringe benefits.”
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Topic 38
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“College students should not have to decide on a major until after they have taken several classes and examined the various career fields the school has to offer.”
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Topic 39
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“Schools should make a greater effort to teach ethics and moral values to students.”
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Topic 40
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“Colleges and universities should ban alcoholic beverages on campus, even for students who are of legal drinking age.”
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Topic 41
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“Teachers and parents should be more concerned than they are about the gradual trend among high school students toward part-time employment and away from participation in school-sponsored extracurricular activities.”
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Topic 42
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“It is the responsibility of the government rather than the individual citizen to find a solution to the growing problem of homelessness in the United States.”
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Topic 43
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“Federal regulations should entirely ban all advertising of alcoholic beverages in all media, including television, radio, and magazines.”
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Topic 44
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“Schools should put as much emphasis on such subjects as music, physical education, and visual arts as they do on traditional academic courses such as English or math.”
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Topic 45
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“Materialism and consumerism have gone too far in American society. We often buy things that we do not need, and we even buy things we do not especially enjoy.”
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Topic 46
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“The failure of public schools is not ruining society. The failure of society has ruined the public schools.”
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Topic 47
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“Honesty is universally valued, at least in principle. In practice, however, there are many cases in which governments, businesses, and individuals should not be completely honest.”
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Topic 48
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“All employers should institute mandatory drug testing for employees.”
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Topic 49
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“All high school students should be required to take some classes in vocational education.”
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Topic 50
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“School administrators should regulate student speech in school-sponsored publications.”
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Topic 51
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“Computer training should be mandatory for anyone planning to become a teacher, no matter what subject the person will teach.”
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Topic 52
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“The world offers us abundant places to learn. We should not expect all of our most important lessons to be learned in the buildings we call schools.”
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Topic 53
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“Many public buildings and transportation systems in the United States prohibit or restrict smoking. These restrictions are unfair because they deny smokers their individual rights.”
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Topic 54
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“Public schools should be required to offer socially oriented courses, such as sex education and personal finance, because such courses help students cope with problems in society.”
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Topic 55
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“Our lives today are too complicated. We try to do too much and, as a result, do few things well.”
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Topic 56
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“The United States government has become so corrupt that people who vote in national elections are wasting their time.”
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Topic 57
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“The increasing involvement of businesses in the schools, ranging from the establishment of apprenticeships and grants to the donation of equipment and facilities, is a cause for concern because this involvement gives the businesses too much influence over school policy and curriculum.”
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Topic 58
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“One of the biggest troubles with colleges is that there are too many distractions.”
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Topic 59
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“The best way to improve the quality of public schools in the United States is to institute a national curriculum with national standards so that students, parents, and teachers all across the country know exactly what is expected at each grade level.”
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Topic 60
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“Instead of making our lives simpler, computers cause more problems than they solve.”
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Topic 61
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“Children learn responsibility and the value of work by being required to do household chores such as making beds, washing dishes, and taking care of pets.”
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Topic 62
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“We should ban any speech-whether on the radio, in the movies, on television, or in public places such as college campuses-that encourages violent behavior.”
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Topic 63
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“In today’s society, the only real function of a college education is to prepare students for a career.”
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Topic 64
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“Students suffer from participating in highly competitive extracurricular activities such as debate and sports.”
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Topic 65
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“We live in a passive society in which few people take a stand or become involved in social issues.”
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Topic 66
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“Students should be required to meet certain academic standards, such as passing all courses or maintaining a ‘C’ average, in order to participate in extracurricular activities.”
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Topic 67
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“Increasing reliance on the use of new technologies in the classroom has distracted from, rather than contributed to, the learning process.”
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Topic 68
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“We find comfort among those who agree with us-growth among those who don’t.”
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Topic 69
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“Film and television studios in the United States nearly always want to dish up a sunny view of life because American audiences would rather not be reminded of problems in society.”
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Topic 70
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“Competition is a destructive force in society.”
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Topic 71
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“High schools and colleges should require students to perform some kind of community service.”

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