I came across an interesting article at Discover Magazine's blog site, and thought I'd share it with you. This is a very interesting article and the author has some excellent comments, but I think it misses the point ever so slightly. The focus should be on critical literacy in general, and students taught to apply skills of critical evaluation to all sources of information, whether science, news or otherwise.
Also, I believe that students (and people in general) need to be encouraged to be active learners throughout their lives in order to be active and effective citizens. If, for example, we don't know enough about the scientific issues that are so important in politics and society today (to use the example from the following article), we need to be willing to research those issues ourselves and engage with them critically in order to form informed and intelligent positions. An understanding of and ability to apply critical literacy skills can help to achieve this. We as a society are too complacent, and much of this can be addressed through our education system.
What’s More Important: Science Literacy or News Literacy?
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