ISSUE-020

Students should always question what they are taught instead of accepting it passively.


Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position.


How students are educated pertains to the future of a society. Those who keep an eye on the current education system suggest that students should always question what they are taught instead of accepting it passively. Although this point of view is somewhat too extreme in certain cases and students should not question the facts that are being taught, they ought to indeed question the opinions that are being presented to them. This is dictated by the fundamental mission of modern education and a necessary step for students to become independent and qualified citizen of the society.

To start with, of course in many scenarios, students should believe in the factual information they are taught. This is because that such facts have been established over a long period of time, during which they have stood against challenges and questions. In other words, such information has already been questioned by others and it is not necessary, if not a total waste of time, for students to cast doubt on it. For example, in a history class it would sound ridiculous if students question all the historical events on the textbook, such as the lunar landing by Neil Armstrong. This event is clearly documented in our history and despite numerous conspiracy theories suggesting otherwise, an overwhelming amount of evidence points to its true existence. Clearly, asking students to question whether NASA has really put human beings on the moon is not reasonable.

That being said, when students are receiving opinions from other people, they should indeed become alerted and start think critically. For example, the assassination of John F. Kennedy is a real event that students should apparently not question its authenticity. However, if someone argues that Kennedy was assassinated by certain wealthy and influential families in the United States due to his progressive policies, that is when students must question the validity of the logic and examine the evidence available to critically evaluate such a claim. On the surface, to hold a question to other’s opinion may seemingly act to prevent students becoming too gullible, but there is a more profound reason justifying this attitude. That is, the purpose of modern education is to develop students into rational and responsible citizens capable of making independent judgment. Some might disagree, arguing that education is all about imparting knowledge. This might be the case in the remote past, but in a world today where information is readily available online and easily accessible through our computers and smartphones, the purpose of education is no longer passing knowledge to future generations. Rather, educators should train students how to evaluate a piece of information and form their own judgment. In this process, because independence is a key character, students must be asked to be able to discern an opinion and to effectively assess it. Therefore,

asking them to question any opinion presented to them is an effectively way to fulfill the mission of education.

Overall my point emphasizes the importance of students questioning the opinions instead of accepting them passively because the purpose of modern education is about forming an independent individual capable of critical thinking. However, I do agree that if when presented with facts, students should not question them.

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