PBS Newshour

News Literacy Project Trains Young People to Be Skeptical Media Consumers

"How can young people learn to be better consumers of news and information?  A recent class at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland, is trying to do just that: helping students distinguish news from opinion, fact from fiction, amid the daily onslaught of TV, radio, newspapers, and social media.  Social studies teacher Colin O’Brien began with a real-life example, a fast-moving email, in fact, a hoax, claiming that all schools in Great Britain had removed study of the Holocaust from their curriculum because the Muslim population claimed it never occurred."

Watch the PBS Newshour report here (PDF transcript here).