World Issues as a high school course for the leaders of tomorrow

Every day there is some mention of major headlines from around the world: the crisis situation in Third World countries, food and water shortages or epidemic diseases. However, many teenagers cannot fully understand these problems as a result of a general lack of knowledge about the world around them. It is a great advantage for one to fully understand the world in which they live, especially when they are about to enter the “real world” for the first time. This is the reason that World Issues courses should be mandatory for all grade twelve students. This course would provide a comprehensive understanding of what life is like outside of their own country, and would inform students about issues that will become increasingly important within the next 50 years.

Firstly, the World Issues course gives students an excellent knowledge of life in other countries. This past year, we examined the availability of proper nutrition in Africa. In Canada, we have more than enough to eat, however in Africa the populations of approximately 27 countries do not consume an adequate amount of proteins. We can walk into a grocery store and get all the nutrients we need, but this abundance of food does not exist in Africa.

This realization certainly makes one reconsider wasting foods, and also gives one a new respect for the blessings they have in a first world country. It is of the utmost importance for a student to understand that Canada is privileged, and to learn that they must not take this for granted.

Furthermore, a student would benefit from an education in the issues our world must deal with in the next few years. As the world grows larger in population, humans will be faced with a myriad of problems. If world population continues to grow as it is presently, it will reach 13 billion people in the year 2067. Millions of people are starving around the world right now; how will humanity feed double the current amount?

In addition, the world will have to deal with the increasing number of environmental problems that are beginning to surface. As they enter into adulthood, it is a benefit for any student to be aware of these issues, and to know how to take action to help solve these problems.

Evidently, it would be very advantageous for a World Issues course to be mandatory for all grade twelve students since it will help them better understand countries outside of our first world status, as well as help students prepare for the issues their world will face in the future. Too many students know too little about the world besides their rather insignificant high school existence. Being knowledgeable about the world and the future would be in the best interests of not only them, but also the universities, colleges or workplaces they would be entering. Does it not make sense for the future generation to be informed about the world they will be leading?