The following post from The Nerdy Book Club blog is important for all of us to remember. Great post and worth reading.
Last month I attended the California Reading Association conference in Riverside, California. Lucy Calkins, the founding director of the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, spoke about nonfiction reading and writing. She noted that human knowledge currently doubles every thirteen months, and will soon double every twelve hours, so it is impossible for teachers and parents to keep pace with the flood of information hurling through cyberspace, broadcast on television and radio, reported in newspapers, and discussed on social media or by word of mouth.
According to Calkins, the role of the adult must change. With the rise of the Common Core, it is no longer enough for teachers (and parents) to impart their wisdom. We must show kids how to access, synthesize, apply, compare, and contrast information to develop their own view of the world.
In my newest book, Ebola: Fears and Facts, I say, “Some [media] sources provide…
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