Daily Archives: October 24, 2019

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Our Kids:  Narrowing the Opportunity Gap

Host Dr. Robert Putnam (Harvard Professor and author of BOWLING ALONE) spotlights innovative leaders and children, working together in nine communities, who struggle to create and inspire solutions that help to narrow the widening opportunity gap between rich and poor for some 30 million young people denied access to the American Dream. We hope viewers will try to build similar solutions in their neighborhoods. 4/60 minute programs airs Mondays at 2 a.m. beginning 10/28.

  • #101 – Riverside, CA & Manchester, NH. The importance of mentors is illustrated in stories like that of a police detective starting a free judo school to “bait and switch” kids onto a better path. A revolutionary accelerated kindergarten program propels disadvantaged children by celebrating their smartness. Living in a homeless shelter designed around the needs of families, a little girl expresses her pride and determination in song.
  • #102 – Children living in fractured homes and poverty can’t achieve equally with children who are financially and emotionally secure. Underserved children need extra services to be competitive. Equal is not Equitable. We illustrate this point in Duluth, MN, Boston, MA, Springfield, MO, and Nashville, TN. A grade school offers wrap-around-services including free food, family meals, clothing, laundry, and medical services.
  • #103 – Detroit Educational Crisis. With deteriorating class room conditions and the worst test scores in the nation, this alarming episode casts its eye on the current educational crisis in Detroit. In this cautionary tale, both public and unregulated charter schools suffer from high teacher turnover, a shortage of up-to-date textbooks, lack of funding and financial accountability. We visit with students, teachers, parents and educational leaders in their innovative attempts to improve conditions.
  • #104 – Seattle, WA & Columbus, OH. Giving hope to the hopeless dominates the stories in Seattle, WA and Columbus, OH. Among those spotlighted are: a program to reform the foster care system, and an organization reuniting children with parents who were incarcerated. Too many poor youth end up in the juvenile justice system. The Echo Glen facility hopes to heal, rather than punish young incarcerated teens.



Journey to Jobs

The one-hour program is part of the American Graduate: Getting to Work initiative.  JOURNEY TO JOBS is hosted by PBS Newshour’s Hari Sreenivasan from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City. Hari will take viewers across the country, highlighting individuals and organizations who are connecting job seekers to employment at each stop. The broadcast will tell the story of how communities are providing support, advice, and intervention services to youth, veterans, and adults in career transition. In JOURNEY TO JOBS, viewers hear directly from job seekers and the newly employed, business and nonprofit leaders, as well as program staff, volunteers and mentors as they work to create pathways to high-demand skilled careers. Each segment is tied to one of the American Graduate content strands, including Barriers to Employment, Career Pathways, Connecting Job Seekers to Networks, Innovative Career Education Models, and Mentorship.

Airs 10/21 at 8 p.m., 10/22 at 1 a.m., 10/22 at 9 a.m., 10/22 at 3 p.m., 10/24 at 10 a.m., 10/24 at 3 p.m. Airs 10/26 at 4 p.m. and 10/27 at 5 a.m.




Media Literacy Week! (Day 4)

Thursday, October 24th

This week is U.S. Media Literacy Week! The mission of the week is to highlight the power of media literacy education and its essential role in education all across the country.

Remember PizzaGate: when headlines stated that Hillary Clinton ran a child sex ring out of a pizza shop in Washington, D.C.?

Fake news. But a lot of people believed it, at least for a little while. Then there’s the terminology, “Fake News”, being bandied about by politicians to denounce real news. Why?

There’s a major misunderstanding between fake news, truthful news, and biased news. It’s a lot to digest, especially for a young person who may have only recently begun reading the news.

Look at these four headlines. Can you tell which media outlet wrote them? Do you think your students could tell?

  • “More than half the House of Representatives support impeachment inquiry”
  • “Mike Pompeo Blasts House Democrats’ Impeachment Inquiry: ‘Silly Gotcha Game’”
  • “White House Unveils Lightly Edited Memorandum Of U.S. Constitution That Specifically Declares Trump’s Innocence”
  • “Pelosi Announces Impeachment Inquiry of President Trump”

(Click here for answers)

There are luckily a lot of activities available for teaching students how to tell the difference between truth and bias.

This video from Common Sense Media gives five tips for spotting fake news.

(If YouTube is blocked in your school, you can find the video here: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/5-ways-to-spot-fake-news)

These infographics were created by #1: EasyBib (a Chegg service), #2: The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and #3: eavi Media Literacy for Citizenship. (Right click each and open hyperlinks for full versions)

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This online article from EasyBib tells us how to spot fake news: http://www.easybib.com/guides/10-ways-to-spot-a-fake-news-article/


But what about understanding biases in media?

ad fontes media posts an interactive chart showing the reliability and general biases of the most popular media outlets. They include information about their ranking methodology and they update it regularly as things change. Find it here: https://www.adfontesmedia.com/how-ad-fontes-ranks-news-sources/

Students can take this News Lit Quiz by the News Literacy Project:








This poster is designed to help students understand opinion writing:







And when you’re completely overwhelmed, and tired from trying to navigate it all, you can always choose to watch https://newsforkids.net/ (which was created by a teacher), Teen Kids News: http://www.teenkidsnews.com (just be careful of the ads), https://www.cnn.com/cnn10 (news explained in 10 minutes),

or wind down watching this clip of 5-year-old Noah Ritter on his local news in 2014: