Agree or disagree: essay comparison tutorial…

Hello again, in this tutorial I am going to look at an agree or disagree essay from both sides. This is based upon an essay kindly submitted by a student who asked me for some comments and feedback, so to do so I wrote an essay on the same question but talking the opposite view. They disagree, I agree with the statement.

So this is the 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. To what extent do you agree with this statement?

An this is the student essay

It is believed that government funds should be utilized in public services rather than in arts, such as music and theatre. I strongly disagree with this statement due to the fact that art can help us understand our origins and it can be an essential factor for a certain individual or country to gain fame and popularity.

Arts like music and theatre were used by our ancestors in their earlier lives to communicate to their fellows. An understanding of this will help us, especially the younger generations, to realize and discover how their ethnic groups survived in their everyday lives. Furthermore, crafts like this, can also provide essential life lessons that everyone can emulate. For instance, members of socio-cultural clubs in Philippines regularly perform once a year in the national museum to give awareness to the public of the kind of life people had in the past. The target of this presentation are the young one’s and usually includes singing and acting which portray good values and right conduct that can be utilized in their everyday lives.

Art such as music can be a medium for fame and popularity. There are well-known artists and singers all over the world who made great contributions in the music industry. Moreover, aside from being famous, this achievement also put their country onto a pedestal of success due to the fact that everyone is interested where these skilful people came from. Knowing their origin definitely gives a positive impression and eventually it will attract tourists to visit that place thus leading to the country’s economic growth and development. One prime example is Ms Lea Salonga who is known as Miss Saigon and hails from Philippines. Indeed her prowess in singing is incomparable as manifested by various awards she received. Since then, people all over the world used to travel just to have a personal encounter with this lovely and one of a kind singer in her generation.

In conclusion, I strongly disagree that government should not invest in arts like music and theatre since this can play an important role in educating the young generations of their ethnic origins and this can be an avenue for fame and popularity especially those talented and skillful individuals. Government can take some other alternatives to acquire funds to cater public services such as donations and campaigns.

And this is mine, not perfect but I only took five minutes to write it, just to demonstrate a few points..

It has been argued that state expenditure on the arts is wasteful, and that instead of spending money on music and theatre the government should direct its investment into public services. I agree with this statement and will argue that, the job of the state is to protect its citizens first of all, and secondly that, as music and theatre are forms of entertainment the private sector should provide for these art forms.

Political commentators would suggest that the principal function of a government is the protection of its citizens. That is to say, having a strong welfare state with adequate healthcare, good schools, and an impartial police force is a vital part of the duties of government. Many citizens would no doubt agree with this idea and would support paying taxes for these services, for example, a recent survey by the University of Edinburgh showed that 90% of people questioned said they had no issue with their tax money being used for such purposes.

Secondly, although music and arts may be an important part of a nations culture, it could be argued that these pursuits are “entertainment” and therefore not part of the duties of the state to supply. With the high levels of taxation imposed on many citizens around the world, any country that spent money on these activities would have to show that the vital public services of the state were adequately provided for first. Therefore, such cultural activities would best be paid for by the private sector and any citizens who wish to take part in these entertainments should pay out of their own pocket.

In conclusion, although arts and music may be important in many ways, I believe that the government should not pay for them, not while there are important state services that need sufficiently funding. If people want to see such cultural events such as music and artistic performances, they should pay for them and support the private sector.

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