In today’s era of a modernized world which is governed by the internet, hardly anything stays “current” within 24 hours. However, current affairs have an indispensable role to play in making children socially acceptable and responsible. For school kids to become lifelong learners, they should be aware the correct usage of nonfiction materials. By emphasizing on nonfiction materials, they would gain the ability to solve problems, expand their knowledge base and implement decisions. Those of you who are not social studies teachers might be thinking that it does not pertain to you. On the other hand, others may be saying why to bother teaching current affairs at the school level when there are so many important subjects to teach. However, an increasing number of researchers depict that current issues have a plethora of advantages even in a class outside of social studies.
Students should be aware of issues plaguing the world
In this globalized world, every country is dependent on the other. This is the reason that a student has to be mindful of the current issues that are affecting the whole world. Moreover, it is also a fascinating aspect to note that a large number of competitive exams in India like the SBI Clerk exams have a section dedicated entirely to the Current Affairs program. Hence, if a student can be made aware of the importance of Current Affairs from the school level itself, they would always be successful in their future endeavors. In this context, it is interesting to note that the students of today also need to comprehend the economy of the world and social structures. They also need to be updated about the economy and environment of the society so that they can live their own lives after passing out from school.
Current affairs are the ideal way to defeat intolerance
By keeping updated about the latest news and events, one would always have the upper hand in defeating bigotry. Current affairs play a pivotal role in the smooth functioning of democracy. An appreciation for current issues is an essential step towards self-empowerment and improvement. This also has a direct impact on the quality of life of the students. So, if a student is taught current affairs from middle school, then he or she would have a higher chance to lead a quality life by being aware of the issues that can affect him or her. On the other hand, with a large number of public sector banks now operating in the Indian banking domain, it has become imperative for schools to prepare students in such a manner so that they can have a crack at the SBI Clerk examinations. It is also vital to note that a majority of government job-related exams nowadays have an entire section devoted to current affairs. If a candidate is well aware of the importance of current issues which he has derived from the school, he can easily score good marks in the job-related examinations.
Current affairs help students to become lifelong readers
Current affairs play a pivotal role in making sure that an individual is informed about the current trending issues. On the other hand, there is no point in denying the fact that newspaper reading is on a steady decline among students. It is so because they hardly get time to read something apart from their books. However, if a school encourages the inclusion of current affairs in its curriculum, then there would be little doubt that the students would develop a healthy reading habit.
Quite interestingly, the students would also understand the importance of events, people and various types of issues in the news. Newspaper reading is also an excellent way to develop vocabularies. In case a student is weak in written communication, he or she can be made to read a newspaper on a daily basis. This would make sure that his or her vocabulary improves over a period of time. In short, by including current affairs in the school curriculum, it can be made sure that the students would have access to a writing model. The students can learn by following the clear and concise style of news writing.
Current affairs help teachers to emphasize on a variety of topics
By including current affairs in the curriculum of a school, the teachers would have the advantage to emphasize a range of matters. For instance, with the help of current affairs, they can always teach the students on media literacy skills. Moreover, it would be easier for them to cite an example by using current affairs.
Current affairs are essential for employment examinations
It has almost become a trend to include the current affairs section in a majority of the government job related examinations like the SBI Clerk examinations. Moreover, it has also been found that a majority of students fail to have a go at this section. It is so because they usually take this part not so seriously. However, if the schools start teaching the students various topics related to current affairs, this issue can be easily thwarted.
The inclusion of Current Affairs would help eliminate inequality
Currently, India is plagued by various social menaces, and the major one among them is inequality. Difference in gender and caste is what plaguing India the most at the present moment. However, if the schools start including current affairs in their syllabus, a lot of these issues can be defied. It is so because the current affairs topics would always discuss these issues at length which would give rise to an argumentative side inside the students. Besides that, they would also be at a higher advantage as they would have the chance to qualify SBI Clerk entrance examinations in the future.
Current affairs cover a wide range of subjects
Current affairs usually include a large sphere which comprises of various issues. It is also an excellent way to arouse the interest and passion of a student to a particular subject. In all possibilities, current affairs program would also be beneficial when inculcated in the school curriculum.
Bhola Meena has founded 3 major Internet-based companies-GetMeCab, HinKhoj, and OnlineTyari. His latest venture OnlineTyari helps over a million students every month in their government exam preparations. He has 7 years of experience as Tech Lead at Microsoft and he is an IIT-Kanpur Alumni.