You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Do you think there should be international news as a subject in primary education?
Some think it is a waste of time. Give your opinion.
Write at least 250 words.
Today, more than ever before, students must be somewhat aware of what is happening outside of their national boundary. Some educationists suggest that it is better to start learning about global news from primary level, while others believe that it would be a vain attempt. To my way of thinking, international news should become a course of secondary level rather than of primary level.
At primary level, children need to learn basic subjects such as mother tongue, mathematics, science, and ethics which are crucial for them to survive in the future, particularly at the outset of their academic career. Apart from that, children are not mature enough to comprehend global news, as they have no idea of geo-politics, economics, trade and commerce. Besides, they are already shouldered many elementary, essential subjects. Learning about international news would make them feel overloaded and distract them from study causing negative feelings towards learning.
On the other hand, studying international news can enhance the students’ ability to analyse the global situation because when they follow an event, for example, about a political rift between two nations, they could understand how the tension develops or escalates, how the international organizations act, and what are the consequences brought by the conflict. In this interconnected world, it is utterly essential for students as they are the future leader of the world. But the question is at which lever they should involve in international matter. In the case, I believe that secondary level is the best as it is not early or too late. Furthermore, at the level, the students possess some geographical, economical, and political knowledge; thereby they could understand global issues. But at primary level, it would a waste of time, I think.
Summing all of the above, I incline to the opinion that global news as a subject in elementary level would be a waste of time, as the children hardly know about the geo-politics. That is why, it seems to me that secondary level would be good for them.