IELTS Writing Task 2 Topic:
Some people think that secondary school children should study international news as one of school subjects. Others people think that it is a waste of valuable school time.
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Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Band 8.0 Sample Essay
The importance of global media appears to increase year after year, so much so there have been calls to introduce news channel into classroom. I believe this to be politically dangerous and potentially damaging due to the nature of international media.
Firstly, considering the importance of education in modern society, it is extremely worrying and dangerous to even consider substituting school subjects with international news. This is because the danger lies in choosing a correct balanced, unbiased a neutral news source, if one even exists. For example if a child spent their school days watching FOX NEWS, they would potentially have a skewed opinion of the world due to its unabashed right wing credentials. Therefore, changing a child’s information diet from traditional subject such as music or geography to watching a potentially partisan news channel is an extremely worrying and risky idea.
Secondly, if international news were to become a new subject it could have a detrimental emotional impact on young minds. In general the majority of news is of a negative nature, hence the expression ‘if it bleeds it leads’. For example, studies by the EFE News Agency show that 85% of headlines are negative in nature, usually referring to natural disasters, war, famine, etc. The logic of having these types of stories beamed into a school, to those of an impressionable age has to be challenged. Thus the obligation of watching news of a negative nature makes for a convincing argument against an innovation.
To conclude, due to the risk from political influences, and the harsh reality of global news, I am strongly in favor of maintaining the current curriculum.