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Re: Why should we care about current affairs?

Thanks for joining us guys Smiley Happy, and sharing in what we think were some of the hot topics which will shape our world of tomorrow.

 

Please find a summary of the questions and responses below:

 

Last  week there was an article in the SMH from a mother about reminding high schoolers that there is "Life beyond the HSC/Year 12". Do you agree with this? Do you think too much pressure gets put on students in year 12? How did you feel about it when you were in school?

 

During our final year of high school we all tend to sweat it out, believing that our marks for the HSC will be one of the biggest defining moments in our lives as to whether or not we will succeed. However, as we can safely say in hindsight, this is definitely not the case. If we are unable to get into what we want, there are always other pathways to go in the direction that we want to head. The most important thing is to maintain a balance in this year to not purely focus on academics but also give some time for ourselves friends, family and sports.

 

Also in that article, the Vice Chancellor or Syd Uni said "taking a gap year between school and university (Or Tafe etc), even to stack shelves in a supermarket, is a good idea. People learn important lessons during that year that are not on the HSC syllabus."

What do you think about this – do you agree? 

 

The general consensus on this question was that taking a gap year could definitely be beneficial depending on the person. Within school itself, we get a very skewed view of life where everything is highly structured and controlled leaving us to not really be able to discover ourselves. So from leaving highschool and either taking up further education or a gap year, we can really begin to learn more about ourselves and about the world around us even if it involves stacking shelves.

 

 

How do you find out what's going on in the world around you? Do you watch the news or read it? Online or tv/newspapers? Is it something you do regularly?

 

On a daily basis we are quite exposed to the media and news outlets from TV, radio and newspapers.

 

Dr David Suzuki told the audience on ABC's Q&A that ignoring climate change is a crime against future generations. He also said that leaders should be prosecuted for 'criminal negligence'. What do you think? Are you worried about what these decisions will mean for the future?

 

The youth are very much concerned with the short sightedness of our political leaders, who despite the oblivious evidence and support are stubbornly ignorant on climate change.  Although the call for prosecution may be a bit over the top, the sentiment of frustration is shared by the youth.

 

 

Do you feel the media is properly representative of what's going on in the world around us?

 

There is a belief that mainstream media outlets are blatantly misappropriating the news selecting and twisting news to fit their own agendas, be it for monetary or political gain.

However to receive more ‘objective’ news we tend to seek out sources such as SBS and ABC radio which don’t have such a biased agenda within them.  

 

Did you hear about the transgender homecoming queen in California? Imagining for a minute that we had homecoming queens in Australia, would this have been possible at your school? If so - why? If not, why not? How can we make schools more inclusive of all people?

 

For many of us, this would not have been possible during our schooling years due to either the sway of the ‘popular’ and the culture within the schools. However times are a changing, with  some believing that it’d indeed be more plausible than it was in the past – indicating that we are as a culture are becoming more accepting.

 

Do you think mental health issues are covered well in the media? What would you do differently if you controlled the media?

 

The general consensus is not at all! However there is a trend to greater acceptance thanks to mental health organisations actively speaking out and also prominent figures in society sharing their own personal struggles.

There were a few different approaches mentioned, although flowing from the same vein, involving greater media coverage of mental health for acknowledgement and normalisation of mental illness.

 

Do you feel that you are represented in the media? Do you feel that your voice (or voices like yours) have a say and get heard? 

 

To have our own individual voices heard in the media is quite difficult and implausible, considering how many of us there are. However with the advent and popularisation of various technologies we all can have a voice and share it via blogs, twitter and facebook. 

Re: Why should we care about current affairs?

Good summary Michine!

Thanks for the chats guys/gals. It's been really great to share ideas with you Smiley Happy

Re: Why should we care about current affairs?

Thanks everyone Smiley Happy Have a great night 

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Re: Why should we care about current affairs?

Thanks everyone for joining in tonight!!

It's been really great to hear all your opinions about the media and what you are thinking about the world around you...

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Re: Why should we care about current affairs?

Thanks for sharing with us Georgie. We appreciate everyone's input greatly Smiley Happy
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