133 Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? A person's childhood years (the time from birth to twelve years of age) are the most important years of a person's life. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
When it comes to the most important years of a person’s life, some think that time can change people’s personality and they will be changed after twelve; some think the earlier time establishes a person’s nature and cannot easily be removed. At this debate, I agree with the statement that a person’s childhood years are the most important years of a person’s life based on the following reasons.
Self-principles and personalities are the first reason. People form their personal features from birth to grownup, it means their personalities are almost completed during the childhood. The models they can copy are their teachers, friends, siblings, and especially, parents. People imitate what their parents do, and what their parents say, then transform these life-dealing skills to be theirs. For examples, behavior coping is more clear than other, a polite man sometimes has polite parents, a girl likes eating a lot sometimes due to her diet-unserious mother, and a kid plays basketball may well has a good sports player in his family. Out of the behavior, people also copy other characteristics from people around them in their childhood, whether the imitation taking is conscious or subconscious.
The second reason affecting people in their childhood years is interests establishing. Not only a writer, a scientist, or a musician, even though people in other fields of professionals, can find clues in their childhoods. Actually speaking, a person chooses job by his abilities and interests, as the former discussion, people were affected by parents, siblings and friends when they were young. That is, their abilities and hobbies are strongly affected during those years. A best-seller writer Dan Brown who wrote the book The Da Vinci Code, for instance, is a son of a mathematic professor and a religious musician. This is why his books are full of abundant math-related sections and religious culture conflicts. Although his job is an English teacher, he shows a lot of learning from his parents and makes them his knowledge-interested field.
From what has been discussed above, I agree with the opinion that a person’s childhood is the most important part in life years. With the reasons of personalities and self-principles coping, and the interests establishing, childhood is the time for people form their life styles. We can find many examples, such as Dan Brown and other famous experts to support this idea.
Hannah, April 6, 2007