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A nation should require all of its students to study the same national curriculum until they enter college.

Essay topics: A nation should require all of its students to study the same national curriculum until they enter college.

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The issue of studying the same national curriculum before entering college is a contentious one. While such a requirement could create parity among the students by preparing each one in a similar manner and protect the society's overall well-being, it could restrict students in their ability to study according to their aptitude.

Firstly, following the same national curriculum before college enables all students to have equal opportunities in the future. An all-encompassing national curriculum could prepare all students to choose freely their future course of education. In contrast, if students are given academic options at school level, e.g. Matric or O-levels in Pakistan, it creates disparity among the society. There is a prevailing mindset in the Pakistani society which deems O-levels students to be academically more sound and knowledgeable than Matric students. In order to restrain such thinking, the Educational Board of Pakistan requires equivalency certificates for O-levels students before they can be enrolled anywhere for further education. Such equivalence downplays the performance of O-levels students, such that a student scoring an A* in a subject with a percentage of 99% will be equivalent to a score of 90%. Thus, O-levels students get discouraged and lose motivation to work harder and perform better in the future.

Secondly, differences in national curriculum can lead to frustration among the students. E.g. Matriculation students in Pakistan often delve into inferiority complex. They start believing that because O-levels is not as affordable as Matriculation, they probably belong to lower-income households. Such a mindset enhances the perceived income inequality among the societal members, especially the youth. If such frustration and feelings of discrimination inculcate at such a young age, it could have detrimental effects on the nation's well-being, prosperity and quality of living in the future.

Thirdly, the option of studying different curriculum before college can adversely affect the choices of a student in their future education. For example, O-levels students are often given preference over Matric students, because Matriculation is often equated with memorizing books and reproducing an exact copy of the books' content in exams, requiring no development and refinement of analytical or critical thinking skills. Thus, O-levels students are considered to have a broader skill set, giving them more opportunities in the future, especially if they plan to go abroad. Matriculation students leaving Pakistan for higher studies tend to face difficulties in admissions abroad. Their education is not considered adequate enough for studying international curriculum. For this purpose, they require further studies at the same level of education to make themselves equivalent to students abroad, wasting time and resources of the student.

However, if a single national curriculum is adopted, and it is not well thought-out, as in the case of Matriculation, students will be restricted in their ability to study according to their aptitude. For example, given that the national curriculum of Pakistan offers only Matriculation at the secondary level of education, if no other option was available, all Pakistani students would face the same aforementioned issues. Therefore, before implementing the same curriculum across the nation, it is crucial to have an upto the mark curriculum that meets international standards and does not limit students in their ability to choose their field of interest, by offering all fundamental courses for all students.

Conclusively, opting for the same national curriculum requires deep thought before implementation. In my opinion, it is important to have such parity, in order to create a sense of equality among students, without engendering feelings of discrimination or kindling inferiority/superiority complexes. Moreover, it saves time and resources by eliminating the need to have equivalence certifications. Furthermore, it circumvents societal frustration, especially among the youth. However, care must be taken in developing the national curriculum so that it meets international standards and does not create problems for students going anywhere in the world for further studies.

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Grammar and spelling errors:
Line 1, column 184, Rule ID: IN_A_X_MANNER[1]
Message: Consider replacing "in a similar manner" with adverb for "similar"; eg, "in a hasty manner" with "hastily".
...mong the students by preparing each one in a similar manner and protect the societys overall well-b...
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Line 3, column 826, Rule ID: DT_DT[1]
Message: Maybe you need to remove one determiner so that only 'an' or 'A' is left.
Suggestion: an; A
...s students, such that a student scoring an A* in a subject with a percentage of 99% ...
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Transition Words or Phrases used:
e.g., first, firstly, furthermore, however, if, moreover, second, secondly, so, therefore, third, thirdly, thus, well, while, for example, in contrast, in my opinion

Attributes: Values AverageValues Percentages(Values/AverageValues)% => Comments

Performance on Part of Speech:
To be verbs : 20.0 19.5258426966 102% => OK
Auxiliary verbs: 12.0 12.4196629213 97% => OK
Conjunction : 16.0 14.8657303371 108% => OK
Relative clauses : 6.0 11.3162921348 53% => More relative clauses wanted.
Pronoun: 32.0 33.0505617978 97% => OK
Preposition: 93.0 58.6224719101 159% => OK
Nominalization: 26.0 12.9106741573 201% => Less nominalizations (nouns with a suffix like: tion ment ence ance) wanted.

Performance on vocabulary words:
No of characters: 3659.0 2235.4752809 164% => OK
No of words: 636.0 442.535393258 144% => Less content wanted.
Chars per words: 5.75314465409 5.05705443957 114% => OK
Fourth root words length: 5.02185627292 4.55969084622 110% => OK
Word Length SD: 3.27094630519 2.79657885939 117% => OK
Unique words: 294.0 215.323595506 137% => OK
Unique words percentage: 0.462264150943 0.4932671777 94% => More unique words wanted or less content wanted.
syllable_count: 1175.4 704.065955056 167% => OK
avg_syllables_per_word: 1.8 1.59117977528 113% => OK

A sentence (or a clause, phrase) starts by:
Pronoun: 11.0 6.24550561798 176% => OK
Article: 4.0 4.99550561798 80% => OK
Subordination: 8.0 3.10617977528 258% => Less adverbial clause wanted.
Conjunction: 1.0 1.77640449438 56% => OK
Preposition: 7.0 4.38483146067 160% => OK

Performance on sentences:
How many sentences: 28.0 20.2370786517 138% => OK
Sentence length: 22.0 23.0359550562 96% => OK
Sentence length SD: 58.110940257 60.3974514979 96% => OK
Chars per sentence: 130.678571429 118.986275619 110% => OK
Words per sentence: 22.7142857143 23.4991977007 97% => OK
Discourse Markers: 5.89285714286 5.21951772744 113% => OK
Paragraphs: 6.0 4.97078651685 121% => OK
Language errors: 2.0 7.80617977528 26% => OK
Sentences with positive sentiment : 8.0 10.2758426966 78% => OK
Sentences with negative sentiment : 13.0 5.13820224719 253% => Less negative sentences wanted.
Sentences with neutral sentiment: 7.0 4.83258426966 145% => OK
What are sentences with positive/Negative/neutral sentiment?

Coherence and Cohesion:
Essay topic to essay body coherence: 0.327769280504 0.243740707755 134% => OK
Sentence topic coherence: 0.104300963357 0.0831039109588 126% => OK
Sentence topic coherence SD: 0.086680276689 0.0758088955206 114% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence: 0.198434770021 0.150359130593 132% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence SD: 0.0495244040879 0.0667264976115 74% => OK

Essay readability:
automated_readability_index: 17.0 14.1392134831 120% => OK
flesch_reading_ease: 32.22 48.8420337079 66% => OK
smog_index: 11.2 7.92365168539 141% => OK
flesch_kincaid_grade: 14.2 12.1743820225 117% => OK
coleman_liau_index: 16.37 12.1639044944 135% => OK
dale_chall_readability_score: 8.9 8.38706741573 106% => OK
difficult_words: 168.0 100.480337079 167% => OK
linsear_write_formula: 12.0 11.8971910112 101% => OK
gunning_fog: 10.8 11.2143820225 96% => OK
text_standard: 12.0 11.7820224719 102% => OK
What are above readability scores?

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Rates: 66.67 out of 100
Scores by essay e-grader: 4.0 Out of 6
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