A recent Stanford Graduate School of Education study had subjects from middle school through the university level look at social media posts and websites and then decipher if the content was accurate and trustworthy. In one of their middle school assessments, out of the 203 middle school students who viewed a Slate.com homepage, 80% believed the "sponsored content" ad was a real news story. How do young people navigate this digital landscape successfully when searching for factual information?
As part of our curriculum, our teachers, led by Library Director Amy Holley, help our students learn to read between the lines from an early age. Our youngest students begin by building an understanding of the information that creates their background knowledge; "Yes, that's a tiger you drew, but how did you know what a tiger looked like?"