Is it better for children to grow up in the countryside or in a big city?
March 20, 2011 11:22am CST
There are advantages and disadvantages to a childhoot in either the countryside of city. It is hard to say which is better. Growing up in the conutryside menas a certain amout of isolation. You are in a small town or on a armband not with a lot of people. Even more important, the people you meet everyday tend to be just like you. Most will be the same reace as you, have the same background as you, and will have gone to the same school sa you.In the city, the people you meet are different. There are different reaces and different cultures. You get a more interesting mix. But on other hand, people in city tend to come from a lot of difference places and move around a lot. SO, there isn't the sense of community in the city that you have in the countryside. For a child countryside can be more secure.People in countryside feels connected to eachother. How do you guys measure pros and cons of staying in city?
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• United Kingdom
20 Mar 11
I grew up in the city (London, England), although not the city centre. I was born on the edge of the inner city, and grew up a little way from that. But it was very quiet where I grew up, although only a short walk away lay the bustling busy main street. But we were a little way off that, and it was quiet; small streets, small shops, greens, it was very pleasant. You could say we had the best of both worlds. Being in the city connects a child to the hub of life, while the country is a little cut off, although wonderfully relaxing. Yet, my dad bought a tiny little cottage in the country, because he wanted to sail in a lake in the area, so we knew the country too. But my brother and I felt a little strange in the country, and I got into trouble, wandering on the locals' land and so on. We were perceived as city folk. Both city and country have advantages; but maybe the suburbs are best of all, because they combine both in a sense.
23 Mar 11
I think I will be raising my kid to the best of both worlds. We are currently living in the suburbs. This is usually a countryside place which is very much near to the city. I prefer to live in the suburbs because the air is a lot cleaner than in the city which is very much conducive in raising a kid. He can ride his bicycle around the village and he can play with the other children there. Still it is close enough to get to the best schools that is quite available in the big city.
• Guangzhou, China
21 Mar 11
I think there are more advantages for children to grow up in the big city than countryside. First, the education shall be better in the big city. Because the schools and the teachers are better. You can also find the library easily. Second, there are more good hospitals in the big city. You know the health care is also very important for the children. Third, the children can get in touch with the lastest thing easily when they live in the big city. I love China
21 Mar 11
I think it certainly depend on how your parents wanted you to be. I guess for a farmer who has land to till in the countryside he would definitely wanted to stay there since he has some resources to feed his children. But for a family who is successful in the city, he might as well would want his children to grow in the city since there is it where he wanted to let his children grow. But has pros and cons indeed but it totally depends on where the parents are getting their livelihood to feed the family.
21 Mar 11
If we are talking about children, then my vote will definitely go for teaching children in cities as cities has better opportunities in every way which will help in growth of a child. Better schools, better extra curricular activities to help a child to survive in todays competitive world. But once in a while child should also be taken to villages for holidays to become acquainted with that culture also.
20 Mar 11
It is hard to say which a better place for children to grow up is:the countryside or a big city.The answer to this question differs from individual to individual.But as far as I am concerned,it is better for the children to grow up in a big city.Living in the city helps broaden children’s horizons.In comparison with an urban life,growing up in the country means a certain degree of isolation. For example,a child living in a small town or on a farm can only meet people who tend to be just like him or have the same background as him.In contrast,he can meet different people in a big city as they come from various cultural backgrounds. Actually,by communicating with different kinds of people,a child can have the ability to distinguish good and bad people.Thus,he\she himself is able to gain his\her own experience and widen his\her scope. I do agree that growing up in the countryside has one or more advantages such as unpolluted water,fresh air and open space,but I still persist that it is far better to choose the city as the right place for kids not only because they can receive better education,broaden their horizons but also because they can have more chances to enjoy thrilling activities and develop many hobbies there.