Discussion questions:______ask and answer
1. Are young people generally more selfish than their parents and grandparents?
2. Should adults try to teach young people lessons, such as the dangers of drinking too
much, taking drugs or contracting the HIV virus, or should they leave them alone to
find out about these things themselves?
3. What do you think is the best age to be? Explain your opinion.
4. Most countries give young people rights as they reach a certain age. For example, British people can legally make
love or fight for their country at the age of 16; they can drink, vote and drive a car when they are 18.
Does your country have similar laws? Do you think that any of the age limits need changing?
5. Should young people have to do some form of military or community service by law?
6. Should people of between 60 and 65 be obliged to retire from their jobs in order to
make way for younger workers?
7. Are there many things that the old can teach the young or are they hopelessly out of
touch by the time they reach a certain age?
8. In most countries, compulsory education is targeted at 5 - 16 year olds. Would it
be better to offer it to pensioners who want to learn rather than young people
who prefer not to be in school?
9. In Russia, China and many other countries, there is a tradition of choosing leaders
who are advanced in years. Do you think that older people make better leaders?
10. Many elderly people have disabilities which limit their mobility. Do buses, shops
and public buildings in your country provide easy access for the disabled or are
your towns and cities designed mainly for the young and able-bodied?
11. Should the elderly be expected to pay for residential care out of their own savings or
should appropriate accommodation and nursing be provided by the tax payer?