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The fight against fake news should start in class

It’s a mistake to avoid discussing current affairs with students, instead, the fight against fake news should start in class, says Danuta Tomasz, Assistant Director of Education, Europe at Cognita.

Older generations are quick to claim that youngsters aren’t interested in politics and oblivious to the news. In my experience, that isn’t true. They may not avidly watch news programmes or consume newspapers, but today’s generation are far more attuned to events than many parents and teachers give them credit for.

Incidents like the recent school shootings in Florida and the Manchester terrorist attacks, or topics such as environmental degradation and transgender rights,tend to cut through, even if children don’t always articulate their concerns.

Unfortunately, teachers have become increasingly bad at letting students express their views on newsworthy events. When I was at school, it wasn’t uncommon for a teacher to spend ten minutes or so discussing a current event, if prompted by a student. When events intrude, we have a chance to puncture misconceptions, establish the facts and call out conspiracies. Ultimately, isn’t that what education is all about?

You can read the full article on the Independent Education Today website, Schools should subscribe to the news of the world

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