As we all know that our current world is full of information. With the internet, we are exposed to all kinds of information everyday. You have controversial news, you have news that we not meant for certain ages, you have information that can change the lives of people.
The question is not to ask why we can be exposed to so many types of information. But it is how we are to question all the information that is available out there. We want to be able to tell which is the information that we should accept, which we should neglect. This is a skill that will help us a lot in today’s world.
When I look at that in this way, I realize how important our social studies class in schools are. You see, when I was first taught social studies, my first thought of the subject, is to force us to study Singapore’s history again, force us to look through all the thick documents that are written by historic leaders, and to study why these people made certain decisions back in the days when my parents are just kids.
Now, I understood why.
I understand what the real teachings of the social studies classes are.
When I attempt those social studies exam papers, I realize these papers are not just testing for our memorization skills (although it is important to know your facts!), we are tested on our ability to analyze information. They are testing if we can read information, and use them appropriately and argue our points clearly.
These are what social studies teach us. Mind you, I also spend my time and tuition fees on social studies tuition class so to improve my essay writing skills, to score higher marks. All these efforts helped me to score a distinction in my humanities subject in O levels.
But what’s next after O levels?
I’m glad that I have acquired analytical skills that can sieve through the thick piece of information everyday. I’m able to tell what I can read, what’s the purpose behind every news, and the agenda of every message that is being broadcasted. Things always looks simple, until you deeper and analyse further. It is actually quite planned out.
I wanted to say this because many people out there receives their information without clearly sieving through the real and fake stuffs. This goes to the same as listening to messages from the pastors preaching on stage or on TV.
Because we see that there are 5000 people watching them, then whatever the pastor says must be true.
NO! We still have to analyze what the pastor is saying, and check the facts from the bible. We have seen how preachers have come up with twisted scriptures and bend the real message to fit their agenda (whatever their agenda is).
However, we know that the truth lies in the bible, and the pastor is just a messenger of the Gospel! Too many people put aside the gospel, and just rely on that the preacher has to say, even if they steer clear away from the message of God.
That brings me back to the title of this post – Question whatever information you receive. You have to know the source of the message, the agenda behind this message, and most important, the real message behind the message.