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NJUHSD Superintendent Supports Media Literacy

Among the numerous bills moving from the State Senate to the Assembly by last Friday’s deadline was one concerning fake news. The measure’s author, State Senator Bill Dodd, says it would add media literacy to school curriculums. It would require development of a model curriculum for social sciences in grades 1 to 12. The superintendent of the Nevada Joint Union High School District, Louise Johnson, says she hasn’t studied the details. But she says it’s a very important issue…

click to listen to Louise Johnson

Johnson says both Bear River and Nevada Union High Schools have online newspapers. She says the issue has been discussed a lot in classrooms this past school year, especially after last year’s presidential election…

click to listen to Louise Johnson

But Johnson says, with all the requirements for graduation these days, it would be difficult to fit in a separate course, that it should be incorporated into existing classes. Dodd says a recent Stanford study found that 82% of middle school students struggled to distinguish advertisements from news stories. And another study, by Common Sense Media, found that teens spend an average of nine hours a day consuming media from various sources.

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