Fill in the blanks with the correct tenses of the verbs given. The hectic pace of life today causes most people to disregard the importance of exercising.
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The hectic pace of life today causes most people to disregard the importance of exercising. One of the options for people to exercise is cycling. Bicycles (1) date back to as early as the 18th century, yet they do not seem to take center stage in everyday lives. Interestingly, people (2) have learned to ride the bicycle when they (3) were young, but the moment they (4) obtained their driving license, they abandon these two-wheelers for cars. Perhaps, this is because people (5) are not aware of the health benefits of cycling. Health experts say that cycling (6) offers many health advantages. For instance, it may reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and fight obesity. One of the advantages of cycling (7) is that it helps one to have a healthy heart. Cycling also (8) reduces the incidences of cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke, high blood pressure, and heart attack. This is because regular cycling (9) improves blood circulation and (10) keeps blood pressure in check.
Furthermore, cycling is one way to fight obesity. It (11) helps people to control body weight by boosting their metabolic rate and building muscles. However, this only (12) works if cyclists (13) practice healthy eating habits since childhood. These health advantages, however, (14) did not seem to encourage people to cycle. Many people (15) have not taken up cycling as a routine activity. It is a shame though if an easy and low-impact activity such as cycling is not promoted for the purpose of healthy living.
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It is customary for Malaysians to work at least eight hours per day if they (1) work in an office. However, this is considered as long working hours in Europe. Working long hours (2) is common for most Asian countries, such as Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Korea – all countries with developing economies. Malaysia (3) has been ranked as one of the top countries with workaholic employees as they also work on holidays. (4) Does this reputation harm or benefit Malaysia? Japan and South Korea (5) have taken the initiative to reduce the number of working hours as they fear longer working hours may cause health problems and (6) reduce the quality of life for the workers. Nevertheless, if Malaysia reduces its working hours, productivity will suffer. The Malaysian economy largely (7) depends on a productive workforce. If working hours are decreased, workers may not be able to make up for lost hours or meet employer demands. It is also feared that employers will put more expectations on workers to complete their tasks within a fairly short deadline.
Moreover, if employees (8) take long leave, it may reflect negatively on their careers. As one travel survey found, Malaysian employees take the least amount of leave for travel. The survey mentioned that this trend (9) is worrisome as taking annual leave for traveling is important for workers’ well-being. Malaysian employees are reluctant to take long work holidays because they have the option of carrying forward the unused leave to next year’s calendar. Therefore, instead of reducing working hours for Malaysian workers, a more viable solution for their productivity and the economy of the country (10) is to allocate more hours for the lunch break, currently practiced by workers in Spain. The workers in Spain take a ‘siesta’, or a long break in the afternoon for resting and doing leisure activities after lunch, and they resume working at about 4 pm. Thus, reducing working hours may be counterproductive for the Malaysian economy in the long run.
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Many people have diverse thoughts about the importance of early childhood learning. Better academic achievement, of course, is one of them. According to Ethridge (2010), the president of the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, children who attend early learning programs demonstrate higher levels of school achievement and better social adjustment than those who have no formal early education. These children are less likely to repeat a grade or be placed in special education classes since learning issues can be identified and mediated early. In addition to that, research also indicates that children who have had formal early learning experiences are also more likely to graduate from high school with better grades as they learn best when educational activities are exposed at a very early age. Thus, it will help them perform better in examinations.
On the other hand, critics of pre-kindergarten education highlight the differences between children enrolled in pre-school programs and children not receiving formal education. Most childhood education specialists claim that it is not good for young children to be separated from their parents for extended periods of time. One reason for this is children who are educated by their parents during their early developmental years experience the same benefits as children enrolled in pre-school programs, especially children receiving a lot of attention from parents. While some children benefit immensely from pre-school, it may not be the best educational setting for other children. In fact, they usually do not benefit from programs with inexperienced teachers and large classroom sizes. Parents must evaluate a child’s unique personality before determining which program is best suited for a child since not all programs benefit children the same way.