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California Mulls Curriculum to Teach About ‘Fake News’

By Kate Stoltzfus — January 24, 2017 1 min read

Teachers in California may soon have a new curriculum to teach—one to help students recognize fake news.

Two bills introduced by Democratic lawmakers call for the state to develop curriculum that teaches students how to evaluate online news, reports the Los Angeles Times.

One bill would require curricula that include “civic online reasoning” so students can learn to tell the difference between news that informs and news that misleads. A separate bill asks the state education board to come up with a media-literacy curriculum framework.

Recent studies show that many teenagers struggle to determine the credibility of what they read online.

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A version of this article appeared in the January 25, 2017 edition of Education Week as California Mulls Curriculum to Teach About ‘Fake News’

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