IELTS Writing 12 Topics Sample #2/12 : Crime 04

Some people who have been in prison become good citizens later. Some people think y are the best people to talk to school students the danger of committing a crime.
Do you agree or disagree?

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It is not unusual for prisoners or ex-prisoners to speak to school students about the perils and consequences of committing a crime. It is believed that the firsthand knowledge offered by these prisoners or ex-prisoners is very valuable in informing young people about the consequences of crime. I agree with this opinion to a large extent as these people are likely to be anxious to counsel others to not make the same mistakes they did.

On one hand, a prisoner or ex-prisoner is best-equipped to tell others about the negative consequences of committing crimes. They have experienced firsthand the perils of committing a criminal act. Students are much more likely to listen to and believe a person who has direct knowledge of the consequences of a crime. If a prisoner or former prisoner tells stories of losing his freedom or his family to a prison sentence a student is much more likely to heed the advice.

Some people will contend that if a person is a criminal, their standing in the community is tarnished and irreparable and they should not be allowed to give advice to students who have not experienced those consequences.

Although some people may be afraid that these criminals or ex-criminals will glorify a life of crime in talking to students, the general feeling is that most prisoners or ex-prisoners will impart knowledge and experience that is unknown to many people. Prisoners and ex-prisoners can be effective messengers in informing students about the consequences of crime and the negative experiences from time spent in prison.

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It is believed that people who used to be prisoners but now have become good citizens can be the best teacher to help children understand crimes harm to the society. I partly agree with this opinion.

These people who have a criminal record could use their own experience to convey the consequences of their wrong behavior to children, which might be more effective than other ways of teaching The process might be quite interactive as children would ask questions and these teachers would answer with real stories happened to themselves rather than explain with complicated terms which do not make much sense to the children. Expectedly, the shocking information can leave a deep impression on children and be a long-lasting warning sign.

However, we cannot completely rely on these teachers and their personal experience. My top concern is that some of these people are poorly educated and they have limited teaching ability, so they are not able to train children to understand how the legal system functions and why it is dangerous to commit a crime. besides stories based on ones memory could be unreliable or not vivid enough to pass the message to children. Therefore, the unprofessional teaching should at least be supervised by professional teachers otherwise the influence may turn negative.

Overall, having children educated by people who have served sentence in prison can be a good choice as life experience may work wonders to improve children,s understanding in the danger of crimes. But this way of teaching may not be satisfying due to the fact that these people are not trained teachers and thus the positive impact on children could be limited.

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