Topic 7: School

Write an essay (150 – 300 words) about this topic:

Some people believe that students should be taught international news as a subject at school. Others feel that this would be a waste of valuable school time. Discuss both views and give your opinion.


Essay 1:

They said that nowadays international news should be a subject that students learn at school, others do not agree and say it would only be a waste of time. Talking about this discussion, it is true that both views have their own advantages and disadvantages. In this essay, I will give my personal opinion about these two points of view.

First of all, it is understandable that international news does offer a lot of benefits to students. The world we are living in is developing day by day and for sure that knowledge taught at school is not up to date. In this case, teaching international news provides students with the latest information, which helps them to develop their knowledge in a better and faster method. For example, news about Covid-19 helps students know more about how to keep themselves away from this sickness by wearing face masks and washing hands frequently. Besides, some news about global pollution can raise readers’ awareness and motivate them to protect the environment.

On the other hand, it should be noted that international news does have its downsides. Fake news can be one of those problems when teachers do not know where their sources come from. Add to that is the fact that most news is not suitable for young minds, they are just not ready for it. Like some news related to war and politics is not ideal lessons for children to learn because it can definitely corrupt innocent minds.

After explaining thoroughly both sides, I personally will choose the agreement to international news as it is becoming more important to be up to date. Meanwhile, I do agree it would be a safer choice when choosing not to include it as the main subject at school.


Essay 2:

It is believed that students should be taught international news as a subject at school. Others feel that this would be a waste of valuable school time. Each view will have different advantages and disadvantages. In my opinion, if I were a teacher in secondary school, I would choose the second view because of the following reasons.

Firstly, students in secondary school are too young to understand deeply and clearly about the world. Especially, there is much information in the world updated day by day. Students can easily find them on the internet, TV,..if they want. Secondly, the amount of subjects in the class is so big. Students should concentrate on studying Math, English, biology,…. and so on. in the other view, international news will help the children have more knowledge around the world. students can enrich their experience and broaden their horizons. Maybe, it also helps them develop the ability to analyze sophisticated situations. We cannot refuse the advantages that international news brings us.

In conclusion, it will be better to gain an understanding of the world instead of adding international news as a compulsory subject in the curriculum of secondary schools.



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