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News literacy as the new basic skill
This study by the Stanford History Education Group (2016) also concluded
that “young people’s ability to reason about the information on the internet
can be summed up in one word: bleak. … Democracy is threatened by the
ease at which disinformation about civic issues is allowed to spread and
flourish.” Educational programs are “the only way we can deal with these
kinds of issues,” the study’s lead author, Sam Wineburg, told NPR. “The
ability to determine what is reliable or not reliable — that is the new basic
skill in our society,” he concluded.
News literacy skills have never been more urgently needed.
By 2022, the News Literacy Project will build a community of 20,000
practitioners who, using NLP programs and resources, teach news
literacy skills to 3 million middle school and high school students*
each year and support the adoption of news literacy into the American
*This represents about 10% of the American public school population in 6th-12th grade.
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