I guess Mr. Trump (our “so-called President”) started it all when he learned to tweet and use it as a tool for political propaganda, but it seems that he has also created some unintended consequences. American students at all levels have come to learn more about “fake news” and the importance of recognizing it when you see it. Let’s look at one example. An outraged students found found a news article that President Obama had awarded himself the Medal of Honor, which he never did. So this particular “news item” became a teachable moment for a classroom in Topeka, Kansas.
Their teacher, Mr. Raines, appreciated that at this time in our political history it was most important to rely on the old-fashioned notion that it was most important to disagree without being disagreeable. He added that his students are seeking direction on how we get back to that point. They are seeking some reassurance in an age of bifurcation and rancorous disagreement. Some teachers see a note a note of hope in all of this. “It’s seeing students wake up to their citizenship, to the fact that citizenship is not passive, or shouldn’t be. Regardless of how you feel about everything that’s going on, it’s thrilling for teachers to see that shift happen on a teenager, to see the world get wider.”
Protest politics in which all are welcome to participate, online or in real time! I think we all realize how important it is to do both (or more).