英語を聞く: Sight problems for students in Asia

From BBC Learning English
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by Matt McGrath

Scientists say there’s been a massive rise in levels of short sightedness among school leavers in Asia. Researchers […] say that almost 90% of young adults are suffering from myopia.

The strong emphasis on educational achievement in China, Japan and other parts of South-East Asia may be coming at a heavy price. Researchers say that hard work at school plus the lack of exposure to outdoor light is damaging the eyes of almost 9 out of 10 students […]. The scientists say that young people need up to 3 hours a day of outdoor light – but many infants are also missing out as they nap during the middle of the day. […]

The scientists say that genetic factors […] are not as important as the environment. […] The authors suggest that mandatory time outdoors should be considered by educational authorities across South-East Asia as a way of dealing with the problem.

Homework
After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them (5-10 sentences):
1. What do you think about introducing “mandatory time outdoors” as a way to deal with the sight problems?
2. The article mentions one problem connected with the “strong emphasis on educational achievement”. Can you think of some other potential problems? Have you met anybody who experienced such problems?
3. Make your own sentences with the words written in bold.

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