PHILLY NON-PROFIT IS TEACHING KIDS HOW TO SPOT FAKE NEWS

[3/17/17]  Students in a west Philadelphia school district are getting lessons in how to stop what their instructors are calling “fake news.”

The “Mighty Writers West” organization, a non-profit that teaches children creative writing as an after-school program, is offering a class for kids called “Fake News Finders,” which they say will help kids separate “fact from fiction.”

Kids become “Fake News Detectives,” the instructors say, learning to find sources of information that are useful for their research and writing projects (the kids are ages 10-14, middle schoolers).

According to the program, they’re learning to separate information into a series of groups—”real news, propaganda, entertainment, advertising and publicity”—and what happens when writers confuse the groups.

The program’s instructors say that they are “decidedly non-political,” though the curriculum does “focus on current events.” The examples they gave local media, however, seem a bit more political than they’re willing to admit.