The question that Georgia Mrkvicka Westphal asked about Civics in school is a very real issue. The steady reduction in educational funding has meant that most everything not tied directly to standards testing has disappeared or been reduced. In education we are in a major phase shift from the long tradition of delivering information to students who were, literally, dumb as a box of rocks, to figuring out how to train students who have access to almost all information but have very little idea what to look for or how to judge it. This is a very different thing and nearly a complete reversal of the educational process at any point in the past.

All of this means that we need to accept responsibility for what we publish and what we read. And calling out bullshit and errors is critical to that. By example that is what needs to be taught to students as soon as they begin to access online tools and information (usually about 3 years old now). While by forty years in education is almost all higher ed I’m still dealing with the weird situation that incoming students are amazing incompetent but are simultaneously experts in information that they actually work with. The issue is what they are interested in learning. So they don’t know what they don’t know. They are very good at finding information on things they know they don’t know but have a very limited view of the world that leaves vast areas they have never imagined. All of this goes together somehow. I haven’t figure it out yet . . .

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