How a journalism class is teaching middle schoolers to fight fake news


Ed Madison, a journalism professor at the University of Oregon, writes about how new journalism-related curricula aligned to high standards is helping more students become “truly informed thinkers” and “to detect biases and agendas in media and are empowered to distinguish fact from fiction.” As Madison writes, “Though journalism doesn’t have the same curricular status as Advanced Placement or Honors English, it does embody important fundamentals common to these – and most – educational standards: research methods, content creation and media literacy. What’s more, it’s an opportunity for educators to play a part in helping students become truly informed thinkers. As misinformation continues to plague the public, journalism education presents a familiar yet untapped resource.” As we’ve written in the past, the Common Core State Standards are designed to foster critical thinking and creativity in classrooms by establishing rigorous education standards consistent for all students. Using journalism to help students grow intellectually is just one more example of how high standards don’t stifle creativity in the classroom, they encourage it.

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