Why youth should be more aware of current events

By Daniel Francavilla
TheStar.com – Global Voices

Today, in an age where a world of information is accessible with the click of a mouse through sources such as Google News, it appears that many youth are not aware of the events that are occurring around them. From solider deaths in the Middle East to fundraising events in their own community, today’s teenagers are often out of the loop, or are at least missing the details.

Although we are in the unified communications era, the youth does not necessarily choose to stay up-to-date, even with the issues that surround them. Perhaps this is due to unexciting news anchors, lengthy articles in the newspaper, or MP3 players overtaking live radio. So what are teen-minds fueling of off, if it is not the critically important knowledge they should be?

Eushauna Clarke, a grade twelve student from Brampton says that she is more aware of movie and video game releases than important world events. She explains that in general, “students would rather spend hours on social-networking sites like Facebook and chatting on instant messengers like MSN than searching on Google for important world issues”.

The benefits of being aware of world issues are essential. Everything from becoming an informed voter to donating to a needy cause is influenced by one’s consciousness of current affairs.

Unfortunately, many high school courses offered in the GTA do not often include discussions about the “real world”. Several students and teachers suggest the curriculum should include more current events.

Joseph Miceli, a high school religion teacher, agrees. He feels that infusing current events into school curriculum is “a very practical and effective way of making learning more interesting and real”. Although many teachers do an excellent job of making current events relevant in the classroom, Miceli questions whether or not it is consistently used within all subject areas.

“I feel that there is room for discussion on the possibility of somehow ensuring that this occurs,” says Miceli, but also reminds people that teachers are not solely responsible for educating today’s youth. “Parents need to create a healthy learning environment at home and monitor how their children are using their time,” the high school teacher concludes.

Ironically, this issue appears to be a communication problem, in a world of communication technology.

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