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    in theory, as articulated by Jefferson, Franklin, Payne, Lincoln, JFK, MLK and many others are worth teaching. AND at the same time teaching skepticism wrt history and current events. Students can develop a 'tool box' of skeptical questions to ask, when given a "story". Learn how to investigate, learn how to question. That does not have to be specifically "liberal" although of course we all know that reality has a liberal bias...

    Years ago there was  an educational program developed to help teach kids to be skeptical of TV advertising. (For all I know, it may be still around.) One of the exercises was to give each group of students an absurd product to hype, and have them write ads for it themselves, then present their product to the group. Having written false words for an "ad" makes it easier for kids to see through the hype they are barraged with all day. It gives them a set of questions to ask, before believing what they hear. Like, who stands to gain? Where is the evidence? What is not said? etc.

    If you can teach kids to be skeptical of advertising, you can teach them to ask questions about "news" and current events as well.

    Where in the Constitution does it say: "...on behalf of corporate interests" ???

    by sillia on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 10:47:18 AM PDT

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