Should center school children be watching CNN in school?
It’s a dialogue a board member at Norwin School District desires to consider.
CNN 10 isn’t the identical round-the-clock programming that runs on your cable stations. It is a 10-minute program offering students bite-sized chunks of stories for kid consumption. Four tales at about two minutes apiece run daily. Recent offerings have included the Russia-Ukraine border dispute, North Korean missile tests and explanations about what causes inflation.
The transient reports have transcripts available online. Designed for tween consumption, they are brief and to the purpose, with out the blurring of traces that may happen when 24 hours of air time ends up being crammed partially with opinion that’s hard to inform from fact — a failing of all cable information channels.
But that makes it all of the extra important for teenagers to be uncovered to information. All kinds of stories. They want to have the power to learn to consume information — not just knowledgeably but also critically.
More and more, people get their information not directly from the TV or the newspaper but from links shared on social media. When doing research, we would name the eyewitness that tells us something a primary source. The news story I might write would be a secondary supply.
When it’s picked up by another agency and “aggregated” into another story, that’s tertiary. By the time you get to the Facebook group that shares the hyperlink to a link to a link, the story is a tangled knot of what happened, what’s been misconstrued and what’s been cherry-picked to support a position.
It is tough for adults to be taught the distinction between good sources and bad ones, but adults are more probably to additionally watch or learn trusted sources. About 89% of youngsters say they get all of their information online, from a combination of social media and direct websites.
The subsequent generations should know tips on how to discover info that’s actual. How to belief or when to not belief what they discover. They have to be taught to fact-check, query, dispute and analysis. Really analysis, that is. Not simply search for the primary website that tells them what they wish to hear.
And if you assume that is me calling out your get together or taking a shot on the different man, it’s not. It’s a bias found on all sides. Seeing it as a partisan assault is a part of the issue.
CNN 10 doesn’t seem like biased, but even when it have been, it is nonetheless important for people to be taught to consume information with open eyes and open minds. News is the one thing that may by no means be quick on the cabinets because of provide chain problems.
We all have to learn to be good buyers. Even in middle college.
Lori Falce is a Tribune-Review community engagement editor. You can contact Lori at [email protected]