Writing Task 2: Arts vs. Public Services

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SAMPLE QUESTION: Government investment in the arts, such as music and theatre, is a waste of money. Governments must invest this money in public services instead. 

Discuss both views and give your opinion.

SAMPLE ANSWER:

In recent years, the demand for several basic services had risen and the government had responded by increasing the budget for institutions such as schools, hospitals and transport systems. While some people approve of this act, there are others who assert that the arts should also be given equal attention and funding. Both sides have equal merit and this essay will explore the reasons why.

Allocating money for the arts has several rewards, and one of these is that the government can utilize artistic pursuits, such as movies and theater, as ways to boost the country’s economy. For example, spending on movies that showcase the different tourist destinations in the country may entice people to visit those places, therefore leading to a possible increase in revenues. Aside from this, investing in the arts also helps in improving the people’s quality of life, in that these creative forms are sources of entertainment for many individuals. Lastly, increasing the budget for the arts can help preserve culture, because it is through the propagation of these art forms that cultural values are transmitted to different people.

Although increasing the government spending on artistry is indeed beneficial, public services such as healthcare and education must also be given adequate attention. First and foremost, these basic services are integral in the well-being of the community. For instance, if the government will not allocate funds for hospitals, many people will suffer from various diseases, thus affecting other aspects of society. In the same vein, neglecting the education of children may have adverse effects in the future, in that there may be less people who can perform specialized tasks such as doctors or lawyers. Finally, if the government will not invest in transportation, this may lead to significant economic problems since roads are important for various sectors of the society to function, specially in the field of agriculture, where fresh produce must be delivered promptly to the consumers.

Overall, merely favoring one sector of the society over the other proves to be counterproductive since both the arts and public services have equal importance. Therefore, I do not believe that investing in creative media is a waste of money; in fact, I think that the government should give both fields equal monetary support in order to provide its constituents better quality of life.

SCORE: 7.5–> reason: I don’t know. Haha. Personally,  I think this deserves an 8, since the writer used less common words, and was also able to present both views and give and opinion (task response), and was also generally cohesive.

WORD COUNT: 385 words

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