In a well-developed essay, of at least 500 words, discuss the tension and conflicting interests of social spending that targets the elderly versus that which benefits children and young people. In your discussion, tell me your opinion of whether the balance we currently have is: 1) just; 2) far- or short-sighted; and 3) reasonable. Discuss as well what you believe to be the justification for this disparity as well as your thoughts about how things should or should not be changed.
Essays are to be word processed; a minimum of 500 words; single spaced with the standard default 12 pt. font (Word’s default font is Times New Roman) and normal margins, etc.
The essay is your opportunity to present a thoughtful, well-formed, but brief opinion piece on the topic given, while also demonstrating your having learned several concepts that pertain to the question.
While this is primarily a writing exercise, it should also help you to focus on the most important concepts of each unit – So, the hidden goal here is that in your efforts to fully answer the question, you will get into your books, review your notes, and by organizing your thoughts, learn the material!
So, think about the question, what it means to you- and how aspects of this section’s material contribute to a full explanation of your answer- and then organize your thoughts into a succinct summary.
The writing option is designed to offer a partial alternative to multiple choice questions and the anxiety that many students have with that, give you a chance to work on valuable writing skills, focus your test studying onto the key areas, and (I’d argue, most importantly) give you a chance to voice your thoughts, opinions, and concerns.