The Function of Schools Essay Ideas

Here is an essay title about the function of schools in the development of a child:

Some people think that schools are merely turning children into good citizens and workers, rather than benefiting them as individuals. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

You can use the ideas below to help you answer the essay question.

Schools merely turn children into good citizens or workers:

  • schools teach discipline which turns children into effective workers.
  • children learn what is right and wrong in school.
  • schools instill the cultural values that are shared by society.
  • skills that enable children to succeed in the job market can first learned in school.

Schools benefit children as individuals:

  •  schools help children discover their potential.
  • children are able to choose the subjects that best suit them.
  • teachers are trained to help children understand their strengths and improve their weaknesses.
  • children can develop confidence as a person either through lessons or extra curricular activities.
  • through school education, children are able to develop an understanding about the world in which they live.



  1. Priyank patel says

    I have problem in that how to start the introduction and body paragraph and also to develop the ideas for body paragraph ..please help me..

  2. Hello liz:
    University students should pay all the costs of their studies because university education benefits individuals more than society. To what extent do you agree or disagree.
    In dealing with this question, if i don’t agree with this opinion, and my first body paragraph argue that tertiary education benefits society more, should i have another body paragraph argue that if students bear all the costs, university will become rich people’s privilege? Or simply denying that education benefit individuals more is enough?

  3. Gauri Jadhav says

    Hi Liz,
    I have my GT- LRW test tomorrow. I would like to know, if it is mandatory to follow the sequence in the particular order in which question is asked.
    For example: Write a letter to a friend for a recipe because you are organising a party. 1. Tell her about the party. 2. Ask the recipe. 3. Invite him.
    So, should it be fine, if I invite the friend first and then ask for recipe?

    Secondly, in an essay: Some people think children should play games which require teamwork, whereas others say they should be doing individual sports. Do you agree or disagree?
    In this case, If I agree with the individual sports can I make it as my Body Passage-1, inspite of being mentioned in the second statement?

    Thanking you in advance.

    • Thanks for sharing 🙂 Part of your writing score is coherence and cohesion (for both task 1 and task 2). That marking criterion relates to logical organisation of information and linking words. Don’t change the order given. Your opinion is NOT that you agree with individual sports. Your opinion is that you agree with individual sports and not team sports. There are two issues in this question. Write a full opinion.

  4. Hi Liz! Good day!

    I found a website, and it has the same content as yours about the function of school.. I am just worried if this website just copied your ideas.. 🙁

  5. Hello Liz
    Which types of essays can I not have a balanced opinion.

  6. Hello Liz! Can you please give me some essay ideas for sport. I also had the topic for writing test 2 in January @ how international sports events contribute to world peace@, and I didn`t know to write a word, it was so hard. I have no idea what to write about that. Could you be so kind to give me some tips, ideas? Thank you in advance, your lessons help me a lot!

    • International Sports Events:

      They promote international cooperation. They raise nationalism but in the spirit of tolerance towards others. They bring countries together and unite them through sport. Famous sporting personalities and world leaders unite to show peace. The interlocking rings of the Olympic Games symbolise the five continents coming together in harmony. Sports events are about fun and enjoyment as countries forget their differences.

      I hope that gives you some ideas 🙂

  7. sindiso zvandasara says


  8. Hi Liz! Here’s my essay. Could you please assess it?

    It is argued that school is basically for young students to mould them into a responsible person towards the society instead of shaping them for their own future success. Personally, I disagree with this view because I believe that getting an education would mostly benefit an individual.

    One significant purpose of school is to teach young schoolers a good educarion that would largely benefit their own future. Primarily, they are taught with basic mathematics, reading and writing skills which are essential for their foundation especially for pre-school. For example, they learn problem solving skills in a Mathematics subject that they need later on if they want to come up with a successful business. Moreover, they learn good communication skills that they may apply in their workplace which would greatly mould the children as a better individual. Furthermore, basic good manners and right conduct are also learned in classroom but it is best learned at home with the guidance of the parents.

    Being a well-behaved and responsible citizen is not solely learned in the four walls of the classroom. Young students learn how to act accordingly in the society through the virtues imparted by their godparents and what they also saw on television with proper guidance. For example, teachers may tell pre-schoolers not to liter garbage on the environmemt but a parent could largely impact rightful acts towards their children because time spent at home is greater than in school. Likewise, being responsible can be learn in school but it is mostly learn from their parents by doing householdchores. Later on, these skills would significantly help them in their own future career.

    In conclusion, school would benefit the individual because it is where they learn all the basics in life that are necessary for their own success. Moreover, some skills are also influence by teachers but parents has a greater significant lessons to teach their growing children.

    Thank you, Liz. Godbless you.

  9. Bharat Chhabra says

    School which is the second home to the children played a very crucial role to every student in developing personal and professional skills.While some people questions on the efficacy of the today’s school system,that it is not helps in stimulating their hidden talents of the children that can helped them in their later life,some says school specific role is to make the students grow as an individual that can aid the society.In my opinion,the aim of the school should be the intellectual growth of a child.

    To begin with,it is imperative for every school to come with a well balanced approach that aims in promoting the all round development of the student.Instead of,only focussing on the studies,students should be encouraged to participate in different curriculam activities such as different quiz,cultural activties.There is a need to include a curriculam department that specifically,has the responsibility of recognizing hidden talents of every students and emerging them.Understanding special needs of every student,and exposing them into their required fields should be the aim of this commitee.

    Another point to consider that,the activities like sports and other physical activities can be benefical to the students in building their great future,beacuse it increases the confidence of ondividual,students learn how to cooperate with each other,and broadens their mind thinking of capability as it allows to develop different strategies.In addition to this,schools include different classes in their whole period that allowed teachers to focus on individual,accustomed them with the each student weakness and strengths.

    To conclude,there is a high need for every school to focus of education to students that produces a well balanced academic knowledge.

  10. Hi Liz,

    In answering this type of question, would it be fine if I’ll just focus on one side of the argument and only mention the opposing view on the intro?

    Would this be an acceptable introduction? Should I trim the ideas down? Does it need to be more concise?

    It is indubitably true that educational institutions play a crucial role in honing a child’s well-being. Some people believe that schools are solely concerned with producing good members of the society and productive workers, but are not assisting individuals to reach their full potential. While it is true that schools prepare students to be model citizens and equip them with necessary skills to excel in their chosen career, I completely disagree with the notion that these institutions do not pay particular attention to personal development.

    par 1 (I’ll probably write about improving talents like writing, painting…)

    par 2 (about honing social skills…)


    Thank you so much, Liz.

    • Sorry but I don’t give comments on writing.
      All the best

    • Why did you used the hook? Interesting- is not assessing!You are supposed to merely do the background statement appertaining to paraphrasing the question period.

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