In recent years, there has been an interesting and widespread phenomenon that the subject of international news is incorporated into the curriculum planning of our secondary education. However, people's opinions about this new subject are rather divided, with many supporting it and quite a few disputing its importance to schoolchildren.
On one hand, some educational specialists are in favor of this new discipline because it can really help young students to become interested in the current affairs of the world. Instead of burying themselves in endless homework and tedious preparation for exams, they are encouraged to open today's newspapers, watch news programs on TV and browse through the Internet in search of the recent happenings home and abroad. In this way, the gap between the classroom and the outside world is easily bridged and teenage students can have a deeper understanding of the purposes of other important subjects, such as history, geography and politics.
Beside the advantage of broadening their horizons, many teachers are delighted that the study of international news also shapes the way students think about the society and the attitude they have toward people surrounding them. For example, when news articles about the topic of aging are brought into the classroom, the teacher may present an argument about the significance of old people in modern societies and lead a thought - provoking discussion of the possible consequences of a dramatically growing population of senior citizens worldwide. Thus, young children are beginning to appreciate the contributions their grandparents have made and develop a stronger sense of responsibility for their family and the society as a whole.
Nevertheless, there are some parents who argue that the introduction of international news into secondary education distracts students' attention away from the essential courses, such as math, English and physics. After all, it is their performance on those courses that determines whether students are able to enter tertiary education and continue to achieve professional success. Ir comparison, international news plays a minor and indirect role in promoting their mental growth and therefore should be a secondary consideration. Perhaps,these opponents' strongest argument is that studying international news is a sheer waste of time because most teenagers are not mature enough to analyze the complicated daily events of the society.
In conclusion, it seems that this new subject can generate far more benefits thar risks. In my opinion, its significance lies in the fact that students can be gradually molded into socially adaptable individuals and form their own perceptions of the world.