Teachers are defenders of truth in the age of ‘fake news’
Our culture of critical thinkers starts in the classroom
May. 07, 2018
⏱ 3 min read

Today, students are often referred to as “digital natives” because they’ve grown up online, from conducting ad-hoc research on the internet to using social media to communicate.

Students are used to browsing digitally manipulated photos and other forms of media for entertainment. However, these more creative forms of information can generate fake narratives—probably most obviously pointed out during the last general election.

In November 2016, Stanford University published a study that found more than 7,800 middle school, high school and college students were unable to determine if the information that pops up on their smartphone or tablet is credible.

The opportunity: Teachers can use their expertise to help students become thoughtful consumers of news and information. Because most of what we consume today comes from online news sources, teachers can be seen as the defenders of our democracy, and the developers for future generations who will demand truth.

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Teachers are journalists

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If you want to help shape the future of truth-tellers in the U.S., consider a career in education. The best way to learn about one? Talk to someone who’s in it.

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