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News or Opinion?

I've been thinking about trust a lot lately.

I read a news article about a church recently, and it was not an opinion piece, and while it gave facts, it only gave facts from one perspective.

I read a news article about a certain senator recently, and it was not an opinion piece, and while it gave facts, it only gave facts from one perspective.

I read a news article about a trial recently, and it was not an opinion piece, and while it gave facts, it only gave facts from one perspective.

I read a news article about ___ recently, and it was not an opinion piece, and while it gave facts, it only gave facts from one perspective.

I read an opinion piece recently. It looked just like the news articles mentioned above. I'm having an increasingly hard time trusting and discerning between news and opinion.

If it is hard for me as an adult, I can't imagine how difficult it is and is going to be for our kids.


Education is Propaganda

The Oxford Dictionary defines propaganda as "Information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view."

Propaganda has a negative connotation, especially in that definition above.

The reality for educators is that we are part of the state propaganda machine. We are a state controlled, required education system. What we are asked to teach has a biased perspective and we promote a particular political point of view.

We can see that as a bad thing, or we can see it as a sacred trust.

The question is, "What is the bias my kids are going to see in their school today?"

Or, are you going to teach kids that the grade is all that matters? Are you going to teach kids that compliance is the number 1 goal?

Are you going to teach kids to care about others? Are you going to teach kids to be selfless? Are you going to teach kids to be better than the previous generations? Are you going to teach kids to do their best work because they want to do their best work?

Will your propaganda with kids today have a negative or a positive bias?

(H/T to Carol Black (skip to 9 minutes) and Dan Carlin for helping me see education in this light.)