Some people think that the best place to raise children is in a city. Others think that the best place is in the countryside. Compare these two views. Which view do you agree with? Explain why.
As soon as the decision is made to have children, parents debate whether it is better to raise them in the city or in the countryside. Although sometimes a job may dictate where to raise a family, if I had the choice, I’d prefer to raise my children in a city.
Objectively, there are some benefits to raising children in the countryside. First, there is less pollution. Second, there are fewer social pressures. As a result, children don’t have to grow up so quickly. On the whole, some may argue that one can feel closer to as well as appreciate nature living in the countryside.
On the other hand, there are more benefits to living in a city. City children are exposed to more culture. In addition, there is a greater variety of types of people children can be exposed to, expanding their horizons. Furthermore, living in a city can foster more independence as children can get around by themselves on public transportation and not depend on their parents. Finally, children can live closer to friends and have more opportunities for interaction.
I was raised in the countryside, and although I do appreciate the beauty of nature, I was oftentimes bored as a child and had very few friends living nearby to play with. I hope to raise my own children in a city so that they can frequently visit museums and the theater and attend concerts. As far as I’m concerned, the types of people living in the countryside are very similar. In other words, I hope to expose my own children to an array of people: rich and poor, old and young, differing social classes, etc.
To sum up, whereas there are some benefits to living in the countryside, namely a healthier environment and fewer temptations, the richness of city life, coupled with the array of opportunities and ease of mobility, make living in the city a better option for me.