Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and the assignment below.
There are books that try to show the world as it is and books that try to show the world as it should or could be. Which sort of books should we be offering children and reading ourselves? One answer is the argument for the value of truth, for “telling it like it is.” Writers could promote certain positive ideals by being less realistic, but all of us—especially children—have a right to be told the truth.
Adapted from Claudia Mills, “The Ethics of Representation: Realism and Idealism in Children’s Fiction”
Should books portray the world as it is or as it should be?
Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observations.
2. 审题关键词：as it is, as it should be
应该的样子：People have a right to know the truth. /Only when we know the truth can we understand the world and strive to make it a better place.
应有的样子：We should have the ideal to make the world the way it should be./ Sometimes, the world is not the way we want it to be. Thus, in order to maintain children’s positive attitude towards the world, we should tell them the way things should turn out.