“Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?It is much easier to be well-educated today than it was in the past.”
横向展开的时候，第一句话不是一个“总判断”，而是描述讨论主体的特点： A fine education comprises good teachers and state-of-the-art facilities, both of which cost money or are highly expensive. With the increased income, people are more likely to afford the good teachers and facilities than they were in the past. 递进一步，回应题目中间的程度： As a matter of fact, the growth in wealth is considerable and even enormous among some people, and the likelihood is a lot higher than in the past. 引入例子的措辞形式：This is well illustrated by my family and many other families in China. Our grandparents were unable, due to their poor finances, to receive good education, and my generation, with the significantly improved family income, now can afford the high tuition fees.
纵向展开的时候，第一句话是一个“论断（assertion）”，即中心句：The markedly increased number of good schools also makes it much easier to be well educated. 细化一下“过往”这个概念：Decades ago, there were a few good schools and there was fierce competition for the scarce places, and as the competition eliminated most applicants, being admitted to an institution of good education was not easy. 过往对比如今：The situation has improved today. With the increased availability of such good institutions, being well education is obviously easier. Take my grandfather as an example. His case is that when he was my age, his application for the town’s only good school was rejected and he had to end up with going to amediocre school. My case is different. I have the chance to receive a number of offers from other good ones, although some good institutions may not admit me.
In addition, being well educated is not confined to formal education and is beyond schools. 接下来，回应上一句的“信息空白”，即beyond schools具体怎么理解： An individual now has access to quality educational resources outside the school campus. 接下来，回应上一句的“信息空白”，即access to quality educational resources outside the school campus具体怎么理解：For example, quite a fewpreeminent universities, Harvard and Oxford and the like, have made some of their courses accessible online, and distance learning enables a student from an average college to be well educated. 如今对比过往：This was not the case in the past, when IT was not developed or those prestigious institutions were not ready to share their educational resources.