A Teacher and Developer on Creating an educated citizenry – Vol. 20 | AmericaBlog
Getting students to rethink their perceptions about groups of people is critical to building an informed democracy.
One Gut Check and Four Steps Students Can Apply to Fact-Check Information
When the facts do not line up, we all get duped, whether we’re good at checking the facts or not. Unfortunately, fact-checking information is still looked down upon by a lot of people. It’s just, “everyone’s lying,” and the solution is “make them lie less.”
Do you have any friends who are fluent in fact-checking or that you trust to know the truth? If so, take a cue from Mike Miller: A nontraditional teacher, Mike Miller is an effective educator and principal with seven of his own start-up businesses. Miller’s organization has helped teach a course called “Fact-Checking” for two years and it has helped him become a man who does double-duty as a roving fact-checker for CNN, a spelling aficionado, and someone who edits his own facebook posts with a semi-automatic Deleted Message “tool.”
Having his own child, Miller sought a way to educate others about fact-checking. After working on his course, Miller realized that “if there were a way to actually make a living out of a class, I would love to take it.” He hopes to do so as a teacher, but first he is seeking “about $35,000 to hire a group of people,” and has left open his post on a crowd-funding website. “All of our info on what facts are, who said what,” is made available in a coherent way to help students become “fact-checkers” and spot misinformation.
That program at some point will probably lead to more teacher training, so hopefully it won’t be just the elite who decide whether the truth is proven true.
What can families do? The course goes over a number of aspects of facts and irrefutable fact, including how to write good debunking words, and a number of questions and questions. In response to the do’s and don’ts, Miller advises teachers to give fact-checking to students more directly. “Show kids what it looks like, “ he says. “Some of the best education is finding a way to make the information come alive, to show them facts. Once you know what a fact is, it doesn’t have to be hard.”
What this professor of education and developer of fact-checking advice is looking for is not to make students know what is a fact, but what is a lie, Miller asserts. What are we supposed to call this stuff? “We all know what ‘lots’ is, we all know what ‘spurious’ is, what ‘plausible’ is. But there are very few others that speak for truth.” Indeed.
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