States Should Require Schools To Teach Media Literacy To Combat Fake News
(Accessed: July 14, 2017)
Students in college need these skills:
The State University of New York at Stony Brook created the Center for News Literacy in 2006, which teaches undergraduate students how to use critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of news reports and news sources. The center has developed curricula for high schools and the public through the Digital Resource Center. It organizes national conferences on news literacy and started a high school teacher training program in order to bring news literacy courses to classes across the nation. Elements of Stony Brook’s media literacy courses have spread to several dozen other American campuses and several countries.
Some Pennsylvania schools are already teaching media literacy:
As John Timpane of The Philadelphia Inquirer recently reported, Philadelphia schools such as Norwood-Fontbonne in Chestnut Hill are participating in the News Literacy Project funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. In suburban Philadelphia, Bucks County schools have included media literacy education as part of its curriculum for several years.
Pennsylvania State Representative Tim Briggs (D. Montgomery) recently announced that he is seeking to introduce legislation that would require that media literacy be taught in grades K-12. (More information about H.B. 661 is available here: http://www.pahouse.com/Briggs/InTheNews/NewsRelease/?id=82567)
Media literacy can provide skills that are essential for an educated society, and it can serve as a life raft to save us from drowning in a vast sea of competing ideas It’s important that people become aware of the concept of media literacy and demand that schools teach their children well on this topic. The media should also give exposure to media literacy education and its importance so that people don’t shrug and have blank stares when they hear the term media literacy.