Which one of the following values is the most important to share with a young child (5-10 years old)?
1. Being helpful
2. Being honest
3. Being well organized
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As modern life gets more and more complex, it is essential for young people to have the ability to plan and organize.
People who keep their rooms neat and organized are more successful than those who do not.
这篇文章选择honesty这一品质，即从小要培养的最重要的品质是honesty，理由是honesty是人们一生都需要遵守的准则，从小培养这一品质对自己和对社会都有好处。而being helpful 对小孩儿来说可能心有余而力不足，小孩儿心智不成熟，难以给出很大的帮助。Being organized 反而可能会限制小孩儿天马星空的想法，不利于小孩儿的发展。
It is widely acknowledged that valuable qualities should be inculcated in children as early as possible, since younger children tend to be moulded more easily by the outside world than older ones. Among the three possible values—being helpful, being honest and being well-organized—I reckon honesty the most important trait that children should develop from a young age.
Honesty is without a doubt the basic principle that every individual should live by all along one’s life. Fostering this quality in young children would yield the most benefits not only for themselves but also for the community. For one thing, being honest is one of the most important considerations in any relationships, in the promotion of employees, and in the election of leaders, etc. It is not an overstatement that honesty is a prerequisite of a promising future, and there is every reason to share with young children. For another thing,dishonesty can erode any organization. For example, a person who discloses the company’s confidential information to a competitor might be the one who lied about the unfinished homework to teachers at a young age. With no warning or punishment, children might deem it not big deal to lie and have little awareness of how severe it is. One can be less helpful or not organized, but being dishonest would be disastrous. Therefore, it is imperative to educate children to be honest; the earlier, the better.
On the other hand, it is not that realistic to expect children between five and ten years old to be a big help or do things in a well-organized way. Children at this age are usually not physically or mentally mature to comprehend complex issues or figure out feasible solutions. The fact is that these abilities can only be obtained through real life experience, rather than through instructions from the elders. Furthermore, I doubt, to some extent, whether being well-organized is of benefit to children because the children’s nature of curiosity and free-thinking may be restricted. Indeed, children should not be deprived of their own way to see the world or do things, be it ridiculous or not, since this is how imagination and creativity flourish.
In conclusion, regarding the most favorable qualities that children should develop, I believe honesty should be given top priority. The reason is that honesty lays the foundation of the prosperity of both individuals and society, while the other two qualities (being helpful and well-organized) are likely either to be unrealistic or to restrict children’s development.
1.It is widely acknowledged that 众所周知的是
5.It is not an overstatement that 毫不夸张的说
6.it is imperative to 必要去
7.physically or mentally mature 身心成熟
8.be deprived of 被剥夺
9. give...top priority 优先考虑...
Given the belief that appealing qualities are supposed to be cultivated as early as possible, young children are expected to embrace significant values, namely being helpful to others, honest and well-organized. Of the three values, being helpful should be prioritized.
Happiness is bound to be achieved where favor is given, since the grateful feedback from others will fill young children with joy, which, however, is distinctive from that out of games. Apparently, “thank you”, left by those who receive the assistance, justifies the favor the kids have done. Accordingly, they are impressed that helping others is marvelous so that more desire tends to arise to aid others, which will cast a profound influence on their future. As a matter of fact, numerous people obtain happiness by giving hand to others. For instance, some successful people contribute remarkably to charity, helping more people to raise living standard. Seeing the difference they have made, they are delighted that their value is realized. The case is also true to the little kids. As long as forming the habit of helping others, they are likely to possess more sources of happiness in the future.
Aside from achieving happiness, young children are able to join others if they bear in mind the importance of “Give”. In fact, those only asking without giving ought to be isolated, especially when they step into a group where cooperation is the prerequisite. Clearly, no one has the inclination to cooperate with those who are selfish. After all, cooperation itself is a mutual-learning process whereby each member makes progress. Once some members are reluctant to be helpful, they are widening the distance with others and end up separating from the group. What is worse, seldom can they make any genuine friends. It is quite common that friendship is consolidated when favor is available especially in the harsh period. If they just close themselves into the atmosphere where giving is impossible, friendship will cease to progress. Consequently, they will be left alone and helpless. Therefore, the importance of being helpful can’t be ignored in terms of socializing.
However, honesty and well-organizing are not on the top of the list of sharing. Honesty has been repeated now and then since the day children step into school. This crucial quality has already been written into the test book where vivid stories are applied to convey its importance. In other words, honesty has been deep-rooted in children’s mind. As to being well-organized, the five to ten years old children are too young to realize its meaning. Out of the instinct, children are fond of life free of constraints. Thus, forcing them to be well-organized may rid them of the pleasure they should have. Therefore, the values of honesty and well-organizing should not be put on the top agenda.
All in all, being helpful, children can not only obtain happiness, but also have a smooth involvement into the group. Therefore, the value can’t be emphasized too much.
1. given: 考虑到，prep.
2. be supposed to: 应该
3. namely: 即，adv.
4. prioritize: 将…优先，vt.
5. be bound to: 一定会
6. where: 引导地点状语从句（平时很少用吧）
7. be distinctive from: 与……不一样
8. cast a profound influence on: 对……有深远影响
9. raise living standard: 提高生活水平
10. bear in mind: 铭记于心