Accuracy in Media

Don’t look now, but your local school library soon could be getting into the liberal indoctrination racket.

School librarians have taken it upon themselves to teach students how to identify fake news. They say they do this by helping them understand the CRAAP that comes their way.

CRAAP, which stands for Currency (timeliness), Relevance (importance), Authority (source), Accuracy (reliability) and Purpose (reason), “helps students sort through the overwhelming flood of digital information,” according to a recent story in USA TODAY.

“These are the questions we have to introduce these ideas to kids before they think they know everything,” Shannon Walters, identified in the story as the Burlington, Vt., High School librarian, reportedly told the paper.

Kids may know which images to post to Instagram and which to Snapchat, the story says. But it’s up to educators to help them “discern fake from real.”

The CRAAP system has students evaluate the accuracy and validity of content by asking the following questions:

  • –Who is the author, publisher, source or sponsor?
  • –Are the author’s credentials or organizational affiliations given?
  • –What are the author’s credentials or affiliations?
  • –What are the author’s qualifications to write on the topic?
  • –Does the URL tell us anything about the author – an .edu would indicate an educator for instance.

Educators say they are stepping up efforts because they were spooked by results of a study at Stanford in 2016 that found students unable to tell the difference between news articles, sponsored content and advertisements.

More than 80 percent thought the sponsored content was real news. Fewer than 20 percent questioned the source of a photo containing a false report of mutated flowers from a nuclear power plant failure.

Sponsored content can be hard for anyone to tell apart … most is written to look like news copy and contains information that can be relied upon as long as the sourcing is indicated. And questioning the source of a photo is a second-level operation for most journalists, let alone middle schoolers.

But this test is being used as a pretext to dramatically expand K-12 teachers’ ability to influence children on how to pick sources, which to rely on, what constitutes authority and which affiliations compromise objectivity.

There are workbooks and programs. There are grants and curricula. The Agency of Education’s 2014 Quality Standards now call for one full-time library media specialist and sufficient staff” to implement such programs.

There’s a new app from Google called Internet Awesome that uses games to “get kids thinking about what makes the best password, how to behave online and how to sort real from fake information.”

It even has a name – media literacy. The people who bring you declining educational results despite increased spending now want to teach our children their version of how to interpret content on the Internet. Given their political predilections, this bears watching.

Especially given that Facebook is thinking along the same lines with its announcement last month that it plans to do more to “filter … fake news from news feeds.”

The world’s most-visited website, now with more than 2 billion users, says it has identified a “tiny group” who share links – sometimes 50 within a 24-hour period – that “tend to include low-quality content such as clickbait, sensationalism and misinformation.”

If you interact with the links, you will still see them, the company said. But if you don’t, they will be deprioritized so Facebook can “improve users’ experiences with more informative and entertaining content,” Adam Mosseri, vice president of product management, wrote in a blog post on the company web site.

It also made it easier to report hoaxes, began labeling some stories as “disputed” and went after “clickbait” headlines that “withhold or exaggerate details.”

First, the beauty of Facebook is the company does not entertain us; it provides a platform through which we entertain each other. Second, who decides what constitutes “clickbait, sensationalism and misinformation?” And on what basis?

It could get complicated. What if one opposes the mighty 97 percent consensus on global warming? Does that trigger “anti-misinformation” sanctions?

A USA TODAY story said Facebook’s decision to go after fake news came in response to heat it took for spreading misinformation online during the presidential campaign. Where did that heat come from? What did those who brought it consider to have been misinformation?

photo by geralt

Why is this even a question when we’re talking about a presidential election? Isn’t it up to voters to decide which information is useful?

Besides, according to a study out last week from the Newseum Institute, Americans’ trust in what they read on the Internet is declining anyway. Amazingly, people have begun to realize all on their own that those Nigerian bank scams are not real.

There’s a reason two entities firmly on the left – educators and Facebook – suddenly have decided to help us improve our media literacy. It wants us to learn to discern the truth as they see it.

“We want students to come to conclusions that are not only true but personally meaningful and relevant,” one of the librarians said.

And now they want to guide them to that conclusion. What could go wrong?

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  • Mike S.

    Stephen Karetzky, author of Not Seeing Red: American Librarianship and the Soviet Union, 1917-1960, received praise for his research and documentation on the subject of collusion among U.S. library executives and the Soviet state. (Karetzky’s book was published by University Press of America, Feb. 2002.)

    He wrote that leading U.S. librarians who visited the U.S.S.R. throughout those years ignored “the destruction of books by the Bolsheviks, the widespread censorship and the oppressive political and social goals of the Communists. … They were impressed by the size of the Soviet library system and the active involvement of library workers in so-called ‘educational’ projects.”

    Karetzky notes, “The essential difference between the nature of education in a democratic society and that of propaganda in a totalitarian county were clearly not understood. … The crusade by these prominent librarians against anti-Communism that began in the late 1940s increased in the next decade, and their ethos gained general acceptance within the profession.”

  • Willy Bean

    Of course, Indoctrination is essential in helping establish and preserving dictatorship! The librarians, like the MSM, want to join the swamp!

  • dave

    Teaching how to research information on-line that is accurate is part of their job. Where is the indoctrination in that? AssBook is another issue all together.

  • dave

    “A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.” Jo Godwin

  • TED

    Trump just propagandized … and attempted to indoctrinate … 40,000 young kids at the annual Boy Scout Jamboree … and blatantly denigrated the former president and the Democratic Party in the process! And … he constantly rags on “fake news” … yet … his so-called “rallies” are filled with continuous Trump lies, e.g., “fake claims” (that continuously require fact-checking … which those who support him and attend his rallies are not won’t to do).

  • AndRebecca

    Have you even been to a library in the last thirty years? They’ve been indoctrinating everyone there for years. First of all, there are few conservative books for children in them. Second, there are Leftist groups who press for every nasty book written for kids, and there are thousands of them in the libraries. Pornography for kids is “in” on the Left. Teachers and activists believe not allowing them to access it is against children’s rights. Libraries in my area are also involved in inculcating immigrants, both adults and children, to the Leftist agenda. Visit a library near you today. Kid’s reading material isn’t any different than the crap out there for women. Look inside a women’s mag when in a grocery store line. The new Leftist America is about indecency, materialism, and secular humanism and that is what the socialists running the libraries are pushing.

  • mioahu

    Keep blabbing lying TED, like everybody on the left the only thing you have is being anti trump…not a very intellectually honest or useful argument, definitely not one that wins you an election …keep at it 🙂

  • Mitch A

    What flavor was that drum of kool-aid you drank?

  • Paul Anderson

    The school library, has been in the cultural Marxist indoctrination agenda, for many years now. Their text books went through a social transition, in the late 60’s.
    Cultural Marxism entered Columbia Univ. In the 40’s, after leaving the Frankfurt School, during the rise of Nazi Germant. Since Columbia, Cultural Marxism has transverse higher education, and found it’s way into the Public School System. Most know it as Political Correctness. The intent is to destroy America’s culture, by corrupting the morals of our nation’s youth.
    We are currently seeing the results of this agenda, promoted by the Socialists within our nation.

  • bowecho

    Talk about indoctrination…..
    See “NY Library Brings Drag Queen to Kids Story Hour” on YouTube. The Associated Press thought it important enough to post a short video highlighting the performance.
    Lord, give me bleach.

  • Mesa Mike

    Too bad it wasn’t the same blend as Jim Jones served up in Guyana! I know “MItch A” was not using the reference in this context, but for those who don’t know, “drink the Kool Aid” is now regularly but wrongly associated with right-wing religious zealots.However, Jones was supported for years by Democrats and was a friend of Rosaline (Jimmy) Carter. When [now U.S. Sen.] Dianne Feinstein was mayor of San Francisco, she appointed Jones to head the city’s housing commission board. Ya can’t make up stuff like this.

  • gwsmith

    What indeed could ever go wrong when Truth is defined … “as they see it” ?

  • irvpost

    I bet you cannot find a single copy of Bastiat’s “THE LAW” in a single school. This book should be mandatory reading every year.

  • IraMad

    Don’t think it’s just coincidence that leftists have gathered in our education system. Here is the (multi generational) plan:

    Communist Rules For Revolution

    1919 ? Communist Rules for Revolution 


    These nine rules were seized in a raid in Dusseldorf Germany, in 1919. The files were marked, ?Communist Rules for Revolution?. 

    1. Corrupt the young: get them away from religion. Get them interested in sex. Make them superficial; destroy their ruggedness. 

    2. Get control of all means of publicity. Get peoples? minds off their government by focusing their attention on athletics, sexy books, plays and other trivialities. 

    3. Divide people into hostile groups by constantly harping on controversial matters of no importance. 

    4. Destroy the peoples? faith in their natural leaders by holding the latter up to contempt, ridicule and . (speak against, condemnatory utterances) 

    5. Always preach ;true democracy; but seize power as fast and as ruthlessly as possible. 

    6. By encouraging government extravagance, destroy its credit; produce fear of inflation, rising prices and general discontent. 

    7. Foment strikes in vital industries; encourage civil disorders and foster a lenient and soft attitude on the part of government toward these disorders. 

    8. By special argument cause a breakdown of the old moral virtues; honesty, sobriety, continence, faith in the pledged word, ruggedness. 

    9. Cause the registration of all firearms on some pretext with a view of confiscation of them and leaving the population helpless.

  • Joe man Curreri

    Every librarian I know is a extreme liberal. One of my former friends installed a library “house” at the end of her driveway. it was stacked with books (that she selected). You could barrow a book, and return it when you were finished with it. Neighbors were encouraged to donate to the little house. However, the book Nazi would go through the books everyday. She would discard books that were patriotic or conservative. I left the entire set of Rush Limbaugh’s history children’s books. the Nazi discarded them all. Very open minded…beware of your school librarian.

  • Joe man Curreri

    wow. lib tards are getting sicker by the day.