Some people think that secondary school children should study international news as one of the school subjects. Other people think that it is a waste of valuable school time. What do you think? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant example

Essay topics: Some people think that secondary school children should study international news as one of the school subjects. Other people think that it is a waste of valuable school time. What do you think? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

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In recent times, many secondary schools have taken an initiative of including a dedicated subject on international news and made it a part of their academic curriculum. This step, I believe is a positive one, and will greatly enhance the general knowledge and global awareness of a child.

There are numerous positive underpinnings of studying about what’s happening around the globe. General knowledge, firstly, is greatly improved by studying these articles and watching the news. For instance, a student having a habit of reading news articles from credible sources such as the BBC, obviously, will have more knowledge on the current affairs of the world, which indeed is required in today’s competitive environment. Language skills, secondly, is naturally enhanced by reading these articles. A recent study at Cambridge University has concluded that, students who read a lot of news articles have shown to be more knowledgeable and have better communication skills.

On the other hand, few people argue that students have much more important subjects such as Mathematics and Sciences to focus on, and they must not waste time on other complimentary subjects. There is no denying the fact that core subjects are important, and they will always be. However, in today’s time, society requires students with overall knowledge alongside the mandatory ones. Therefore, knowing about the latest events happening around us is equally important. Other people, still argue that, the current affairs of the world is replete with disturbing events such as wars and crimes. Such news will have devastating impact on a child’s mentality. This is true to some extent, but a possible solution to this problem is that the school authorities can filter-out the content and present only positive articles instead of mentally disturbing ones.

From the above argument, it can be concluded that imparting students with useful and knowledgeable contents from credible and reputed sources of media-houses definitely is a great option and should be encouraged by all secondary schools.

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Transition Words or Phrases used:
but, first, firstly, however, second, secondly, so, still, therefore, for instance, such as, on the other hand

Attributes: Values AverageValues Percentages(Values/AverageValues)% => Comments

Performance on Part of Speech:
To be verbs : 16.0 13.1623246493 122% => OK
Auxiliary verbs: 8.0 7.85571142285 102% => OK
Conjunction : 14.0 10.4138276553 134% => OK
Relative clauses : 8.0 7.30460921844 110% => OK
Pronoun: 18.0 24.0651302605 75% => OK
Preposition: 40.0 41.998997996 95% => OK
Nominalization: 6.0 8.3376753507 72% => OK

Performance on vocabulary words:
No of characters: 1771.0 1615.20841683 110% => OK
No of words: 324.0 315.596192385 103% => OK
Chars per words: 5.46604938272 5.12529762239 107% => OK
Fourth root words length: 4.24264068712 4.20363070211 101% => OK
Word Length SD: 2.92042999749 2.80592935109 104% => OK
Unique words: 190.0 176.041082164 108% => OK
Unique words percentage: 0.586419753086 0.561755894193 104% => OK
syllable_count: 552.6 506.74238477 109% => OK
avg_syllables_per_word: 1.7 1.60771543086 106% => OK

A sentence (or a clause, phrase) starts by:
Pronoun: 4.0 5.43587174349 74% => OK
Article: 3.0 2.52805611222 119% => OK
Subordination: 0.0 2.10420841683 0% => More adverbial clause wanted.
Conjunction: 4.0 0.809619238477 494% => Less conjunction wanted as sentence beginning.
Preposition: 4.0 4.76152304609 84% => OK

Performance on sentences:
How many sentences: 15.0 16.0721442886 93% => OK
Sentence length: 21.0 20.2975951904 103% => OK
Sentence length SD: 56.6272804299 49.4020404114 115% => OK
Chars per sentence: 118.066666667 106.682146367 111% => OK
Words per sentence: 21.6 20.7667163134 104% => OK
Discourse Markers: 7.33333333333 7.06120827912 104% => OK
Paragraphs: 4.0 4.38176352705 91% => OK
Language errors: 0.0 5.01903807615 0% => OK
Sentences with positive sentiment : 11.0 8.67935871743 127% => OK
Sentences with negative sentiment : 3.0 3.9879759519 75% => OK
Sentences with neutral sentiment: 1.0 3.4128256513 29% => More facts, knowledge or examples wanted.
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Coherence and Cohesion:
Essay topic to essay body coherence: 0.126524577398 0.244688304435 52% => OK
Sentence topic coherence: 0.039470770649 0.084324248473 47% => OK
Sentence topic coherence SD: 0.038966267035 0.0667982634062 58% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence: 0.0755754628773 0.151304729494 50% => OK
Paragraph topic coherence SD: 0.0360280265149 0.056905535591 63% => OK

Essay readability:
automated_readability_index: 15.1 13.0946893788 115% => OK
flesch_reading_ease: 41.7 50.2224549098 83% => OK
smog_index: 8.8 7.44779559118 118% => OK
flesch_kincaid_grade: 12.7 11.3001002004 112% => OK
coleman_liau_index: 14.45 12.4159519038 116% => OK
dale_chall_readability_score: 9.21 8.58950901804 107% => OK
difficult_words: 93.0 78.4519038076 119% => OK
linsear_write_formula: 11.5 9.78957915832 117% => OK
gunning_fog: 10.4 10.1190380762 103% => OK
text_standard: 9.0 10.7795591182 83% => OK
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Rates: 84.2696629213 out of 100
Scores by essay e-grader: 7.5 Out of 9
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