IELTS WRITING TASK 2
In some countries, using the internet in schools is getting more popular. In this a positive or negative development?
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As national barriers are slowly being broken down through trade, integration, and technology, various organisations in society are being influenced especially by the internet. Nowadays practically all academic institutions are connected. The answer to the question whether this is a beneficial or detrimental development is discussed in further detail below.
On the one hand there is ample evidence to suggest that the benefits of the internet are increasing, especially related to an academic environment. This is because when a school is connected they have faster access to more information, furthermore it can bestow increases in efficiency. For example, in certain schools across the UK, matters such as absenteeism, disciplinary procedures and general communication can be performed over the Internet through email. Therefore it is clear that being connected to the world wide web entails positive implications.
On the other hand, being connected to the internet has grave dangers and could even lead to an over reliance. This is due to the fact that undesirable facets of society have potential access to innocent children. Furthermore, getting the into habit of consulting ‘Google’ for answers may be argued as putting too much faith into the hand of technology companies. For example, due to modern marketing technique such as SEO and SEM, it is not difficult to tamper with search engine rankings. Therefore the over reliance on technology instead of traditional knowledge could be questioned.
To conclude, there are both negative and positive aspects to be considered, however due to the wealth of information and the conveniences that have been gained so far, I am strongly of the opinion that school internet connectivity is a positive development.