Before I start work on one of the "local vs foreign" questions that we saw in last week's lesson, let's consider two things: our real opinion and the easy opinion.
Here's a basic version of the two questions from last week:
Is it more important to teach children about local culture (history, literature etc.) than foreign cultures?
My real opinion
I haven't really thought about this idea before. My instinct seems to be telling me that we should start with local culture. It also seems useful to have some idea of global history, major events that have shaped other countries, the great works of literature from a range of countries. But I'm not sure what the ideal blend of local and global would be, or how teachers could cover such a wide range of material.
The easy opinion
Yes. We should focus on the history / literature / culture of our own countries.
I advise students to go for the easy opinion. Your real opinion is often too complex or nuanced* for the demands of a 250-word essay! We'll start work on an "easy opinion" essay next Wednesday.
*Look this word up in a dictionary or on Google if you're not sure what I mean.