To what extent is stable family
vital for a successful society?
by Shiling Ng
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One of the greatest things in life is hope and everyone has it. Even more so
for the people who come from broken families and with that hope far greater
than most other people, these people will do all they can in life to give them
a better future, not only for their children, but for their children's children.
OK for a conclusion except for
the odd point about unstable
Successful society is defined through being prosperous socially as well as economically. A stable family will
provide additional moral and emotional support to aid a working adult in the society, thus improving one’s working
performance. Furthermore, academic studies and character of a child, who will contribute to the future talent pool,
can be carefully nurtured in a stable family. However, to maintain stability in a family, a lot of effort has to be put in
and work performance may be compromised. A child, who is brought up in an unstable family, may also be
motivated to do better in life than her or her family. Thus having an unstable family may work in one’s favour to
achieve a successful society.
A stable family would mean that the family leads a harmonious life. There will be minimal use of
violence and every family member is very understanding of one another. There will be less pressure
on the family members. The sole breadwinner may have a huge load of pressure at work as well as
at home in a dysfunctional family, while in a stable family, the sole breadwinner will definitely have
less pressure and will surely have a better ability to overcome it. With that, the working population
will enjoy a higher rate of productivity which will be important for a stable country and a stable
OK, Sean but there are assumptions in your argument which can be
challenged. It is quite a stretch to claim that if the breadwinner in the family
works hard, that family will be dysfunctional. Think further together with your
group members to improve on this point and report to me next week in
Jacqueline, this is all right for an introduction. It pays attention to
what 'stable family' implies but the group's point about
individuals from bad familiies surmounting the odds is quite
Parents in stable families will be able to spend quality time to supervise their child’s academics.
Child will be more likely to do better in studies as they do not feel neglected Less distractions to
them studying compared to unstable family where parents may quarrel.Parents can also talk to
their child about their future career and what should be done to achieve his goals and also help
him along the way. Child will grow up to be a great contributor to society by making the
workforce more efficient and increasing the talent pool This will promote economic growth in the
Lucas, you put effort to develop your point, but the question is not
about individuals making it despite a lack of family support in the
growing up years. You and your group can discuss this and perhaps
replace it with a better argument. Report to me next week in class.
Example: Multiple award winning American rapper Jay-Z came from
a family where his father abandoned him and at age 13, he shot his
own brother. This clearly shows a very unstable family but his
upbringing has given him inspiration to write the lyrics of the songs
he produces, showing his difficult stage of growing up and what he
has done to overcome these problems in life to be what he is today.
Furthermore, his success story has also become the motivation for
many other budding rappers who come from broken families so they
themselves can have a better life, reducing crime rate in their
neighbourhoods and ensuring a more successful society
Supporting argument 3: Stable family is also
vital in the character development of a child so
that he may integrate into the society. (Shi
It is essential for a child to grow up in a stable family where he receives love and
proper guidance. In this way, he will feel a sense of belonging in the society and
will not lead a astray life in the future. Therefore, living in an unhealthy family will
hinder a child's character development whereby it is difficult for him to build trust in
people. As a result, the future is bleak for him as well as for the society.
Example: A child who experiences family violence lives in constant trauma. He
may feel that no one loves him and gives him attention at home. This will taint his
youth and he may feel constant fear and uncertainties even when he goes out into
the society. Feeling neglected at home, he may then mix with a bad company and
even commit crimes resulting in social instability.
Valid point and acceptable
elaboration and example, Shi
Opposing argument 2: A stable family
does not guarantee a successful
society as the quality of work suffers.(Clarence)
Example: For example, in order to spend more time with their families, people do
not continue with their work after their working hours unlike in the past. They will
take longer to finish and submit their proposals at work for instance. As a result,
the efficiency of their company decreases. - Consequently many factories and
companies will become less efficient. Therefore, the economy will suffer.
Clarence, I am afraid there is no society in the world (or in history)
which has suffered because breadwinners in families are
hardworking. The group needs to re-think or replace this point..
Discuss with the group and report to me in class next week.
This is because many people would place less emphasis on their work in order to
spend more time with their families. Therefore, they will be less focused on work.
Even though this results in a stable family, the quality of work suffers at the
expense of a more active family life. As a result, the efficiency of the workforce
suffers. Consequently many factories and companies will become less efficient.
Therefore, the economy will suffer. As one of the factors determining whether a
society is successful is how prosperous its economy is, a faltering economy
would mean the society is not successful. Hence, a stable family does not
guarantee a successful society.
Opposing argument 1: By coming from a family that is
broken and unstable, it might motivate people to work
harder to ensure that their own children dont have to
suffer the same upbringing as them. (Lucas)
Supporting argument 1: Children who grow up in a stable
family have proper upbringing will become more
responsible and are willing to strive and achieve their goals
and dreams. (Douglas)
Good point and good
elaboration, Douglas. Examples?
Supporting argument 2: The moral and emotional support
provided by the other family members in a stable family
would certainly be invaluable in pushing one’s limits and
providing the drive to work harder leading to a productive