IELTS Writing Task 2 – Essay
TELEVISION AS POWERFUL EDUCATIONAL TOOL OR MINDLESS ENTERTAINMENT?
Some people believe that television is a powerful educational tool. Other people believe that television is nothing more than mindless entertainment and should be discouraged.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Discuss both views and give your own opinion. Provide examples and supporting evidences to back up your opinion on this subject.
Television is a versatile tool as it can be used for different means such as communication, ideas and skills. Due to the popularity of television, there are varying views on television being a positive force or a negative force on the education of our community.
On a comforting prospect, television has played the function of a supportive and reinforcement device. Being an entertainment oriented medium, this device has the ability to provide a more appealing and visual experience to learning to students of all age groups. It is working as an effective tool in education, it helps to accomplish the aims and objectives of education. For example, introducing Smart Learning as part of the academic curriculum helps students to retain knowledge for a longer period of time. Educational channels such as National Geography and Discovery Channel also give a lot of educational information.
On the contrary, it is believed that television is nothing but senseless entertainment. Learning through traditional means of education is preferable rather than gaining brief knowledge with the help of a digital device. For instance, reading a newspaper and watching it on television is not the same. The in-depth knowledge that the newspaper provides is lacking in news flashes displayed on the television. There are several channels available on television that do not show appropriate content.
As an outcome, people prefer gaining knowledge through technology but it is not a substitute for written education. Therefore, conventional and technical knowledge both play an equivalent role in the education system of our society.
- VERSATILE- able to adapt to different functions
- REINFORCEMENT- process of strengthening
- COVENTIONAL- in accordance with what is generally done or believed.