Democratic state legislators in Colorado are pushing a bill that would create a system by which teachers would more directly “educate” students on which sources of news are credible and which are fake, as reported by Breitbart.
State Representative Barbara McLachlan (D-Colo.), one of the two lawmakers who introduced the bill and who used to be a teacher herself, said that “whenever somebody starts off a sentence with ‘I read somewhere that this happened,’ you think, wait a minute. I think we all need to be a little distrustful about where people are getting their information.”
The other lawmaker sponsoring the legislation, State Representative Lisa Cutter (D-Colo.), claimed that “we don’t want to teach kids what to think,” but instead insisted that the bill is “not taking a stand that one side is right and another is wrong, or one outlet is good and one outlet is bad. We just want to give them the tools so they can figure it out and understand what makes a credible source.”
The bill would direct the state’s Department of Education to create its own “online bank of media resources,” from which teachers would be able to “build media literacy into their curriculum.”
“Every time you do a research paper,” McLachlan explained, “every time you’re having a discussion in class and you’re referring to an article or something on TV, that’s where media literacy will be taught.”
“There’s outside entities that are trying to sow distrust in public health, in vaccines. They’ve traced some of that to China, Russia with election meddling,” Cutter claimed, with no proof. “So I absolutely, firmly believe that this will lead to a healthier democracy and society.”