As I mentioned in class, governments make public policies to describe their responses to various problems that affect a community. Part of this process involves setting and defending priorities about which issues deserve the most attention and resources. For example, governments need to decide whether they should spend more money on education or on environmental protections. If you were a policy maker, which issue would you argue is more important-education or environmental protections? Why?
1. 可以同意Andrew的观点和思路：教育比环境更重要，但是要给出a meaningful addition.
"If you agree with Andrew that education should be the bigger priority, you could add to his argument by pointing out the amount of research that universities conduct—not only on solving environmental problems, which Andrew alluded to, but also on treating diseases, creating useful technology, and developing sustainable agriculture. Therefore, education funding has a bigger overall impact on improving human lives than investment in environmental protections only. This would be a meaningful addition to the support Andrew provided for his opinion."
"You might agree with Kelly that environmental protections should be the priority. You will need to add your own support for this viewpoint."
"You may find you agree with a point Kelly made about the environment even though you think education is more important."
"Or you might even find that your opinion about government priorities depends on certain factors—that education should be a priority in some circumstances, environmental protections in others."
所以，从中大家可以很明确地看出来，官方对大家观点的选择的自由度放得很宽。其次，对于什么是make a contriution to the discussion 也做了解释。只要是解释和支撑了自己的观点，没跑题，都可以，都是参与了讨论。
"There is no “correct” answer to the question. The important part of this task is to make sure that you state your opinion and provide reasonable, relevant support for it in a way that makes a meaningful contribution to the online discussion."
I am inclined to agree with Kelly’s viewpoint that governments should prioritize environmental protections over education. While education has shouldered the responsibility to cultivate our next generation, the importance pales in the comparison with the urgence of environmental protections. Nowadays the environment issues are too severe to wait for another generation to tackle. Consider Global Warming. Last year, a ferocious heat wave swept acrosee Europe. This unprecedented event resulted in multiple extreme heat warnings and, tragically, the loss of thousands of lives, particularly among vulnerable groups who lacked resources. A catastrophe would have been avoided if people had not beeing burning such large amounts of fossil fuels, which have significantly increased carbon dioxide levels, contributing to global temperature rise. Therefore, if governments still take the environmental protection secondary, turning a blind eye to these phenomena, there may not be many more generations left to educate. In conclusion, when faced with the alarmingly life-threatening environment degradation, it is more urgent and indispensable that governments prioritize environmental protection, providing a safe and sustainable world for education to thrive.(176字)