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I believe it is essential to find the right balance between theory and practice. When thinking of my past educational career, I can’t remember the majority of what we have studied back home in Austria in subjects like history and geography for which I had nothing else to do but study facts and figures by heart. On the other side, ever since I have started attending the United World College in Mostar, education for me changed. The focus is not on theory anymore but on actually putting everything I have learned into practice, which has been incredibly beneficial for me so far. It is proven that ex-cathedra teaching educates on short-term but does not create prospective world leaders who are able to think independently, which brings more over to my next point — bias in media.
It is no secret that strong news outlets such as Die Bild in Germany and FOX News in the United States greatly affect politicians in their respective countries and even abroad. It is therefore not surprising that media today only focuses on what people want to read in order to keep their sales figures high. Often this is also strongly connected to where media is trying to channel money — may it be a military mission Iraq or a dodgy humanitarian action.
In many early educational system such as the International and French Baccalaureate Media Bias has established itself to be one of the main topics discussed. It is necessary for students to start thinking critically on their own at an earlier age in order to be able to tackle this “conventional wisdom” Walt has mentioned in his interview. Students must be given the chance, and the courage, to go against common theories in order to dabble themselves in unknown waters.
Reading blogs and blogging oneself is one of the best ways to explore new fields in terms of international relations, politics and economics. Writing articles and post is a way of self reflections since it has to be given a lot of though before publishing — time investment which will certainly pay off later on.