‘only 2% of children and young people in the UK can tell the difference between real and fake news.’

I was reading this article, https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/jun/12/children-and-journalists-alike-should-beware-of-fake-news, about the number of children unable to tell fact from fiction in the media and I was shocked.

I thought back to discussions I’ve had with pupils about analysing texts and considering different perspectives in literature and I was baffled. I know my pupils can consider different sides of and argument and see things from different perspectives. So what is going on?

It occurred to me that perhaps the difference is in ‘perceived’ fact and fiction. Pupils don’t expect a literary text to be ‘true’ it is, by its very nature ‘made up’, so they are more likely to think critically about it.

Maybe the problem is about trust. We teach pupils to trust us; what we’re saying, what we’re having them write, that no matter how many times you flick that switch the response will be the same. We don’t teach them to be critical of authority, in fact we spend a lot of time teaching them to do as they are told.

I’m interested in this Guardian article about how children can be educated to dicern fact from fiction, truth the Trump etc.   https://www.theguardian.com/education/2018/jun/12/fake-news-schools-trump-truth

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