If the children are the future, the future might be very ill-informed

A new study out of Stanford evaluated students ability to assess information sources and described the results with words ranging from “dismaying” to “bleak”

Middle school, high school and college students were asked to evaluate the information presented in tweets, comments and articles. They were consistently unable to effectively evaluate the credibility of that information.

In fact, most middle school students couldn’t even distinguish ads from articles.

As I’ve spoken about before, I refuse to believe that we live in a fact-free world, or post fact world, or any of that non-sense. But this kind of study is disheartening.

But I’m choosing to think that knowing this information should be a call to educators (like me) to redouble our efforts rather than give up! I’m also open to suggestions about how to combat this alarming trend.

Read about it here! 



3 comments on “If the children are the future, the future might be very ill-informed

  1. Macrobe says:

    I have not read the study, but I am interested to see if and how they compare these metrics against children before the prevalence of social media.

    • cej9f says:

      Solid question, I’m not sure if the data exists. Perhaps rather than a longitudinal study, you could compare children in places where social media is prevalent vs. absent. Although I would imagine there would be a multitude of other confounding factors.

      Still, interesting idea!

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