News Education To Trust At Last?

9 03 2007

Here’s news about news, that Thinking Parents can use!

It’s a chance to help pioneer “collaborative evaluation methods” and incorporate diverse wisdom from social networks into traditional standards of news. Get your older kids involved for their learning and to help change the world at the same time.

Feel a song coming on, craving a Coke?
[clearing throat] I’d like to teach the world to think, without HE-gem-ON-eeeeeee . . .

And hey, if this networking stuff proves to work as advanced citizenship, maybe it will give us some new models for public education that isn’t public school — public education truly of, by, and for the public.

After all, School sure isn’t getting the job done!
From a law professor-economist-unschooling dad’s “Case for Unschooling”:

“One of the assumptions built into the conventional version of K-12 schooling, private and public, is that there is some subset of human knowledge, large enough to occupy most of twelve years of school, that everyone needs to know. That assumption is false. . .
Judging sources of information on internal evidence is a very important intellectual skill. In the classroom, that skill is anti-taught. The pupil is told things by two authorities–the teacher and the textbook–and his job is to believe what they say. . .”

From Culture Kitchen this morning:

If only there was some kind of news vetting service, someplace where we could go to get news stories that we can safely assume to be trustworthy, because we know that other people with the same cautious criteria to apply have checked them out for us and can vouch for their value. If only there was a reliable source on the web where we knew we could find news we could trust.

If only there was something like NewsTrust. . .

“Increasingly, commercial news providers are giving their audience more of what they want to hear, rather what they need to know as citizens. Our best hope for reversing this trend is to help citizens develop an appreciation for quality journalism over populist entertainment. Social news sites like NewsTrust have a unique opportunity to guide this process, by providing the media literacy tools we can all use to make more informed decisions as citizens.

“NewsTrust can help re-build the trust that has been lost between the news media and the public. . . .

“The first generation of social news networks mostly measures content popularity, rather than its quality. But as NewsTrust and the next generation of social news sites integrate more reliable quality measurements and disciplined editorial processes, our collective news filters will become increasingly useful to the general public. To that end, NewsTrust is pioneering a number of collaborative evaluation methods, such as context-sensitive review forms, source reputation databases, and meta-review tools for rating our own work.

Over time, we expect to join forces with forward-thinking news providers, to start incorporating methods like these in their own services. Ultimately, the most trusted new sources are likely to be hybrids between traditional news organizations and new social networks.

“We would like to offer the equivalent of a Weight Watchers for information, to help each of us balance our news diet over time. For example,  future versions of NewsTrust could check if you’ve been viewing too many partisan opinions or entertainment news. We might encourage you to balance your diet with more factual information, more international coverage, or read more viewpoints that you don’t agree with.

Tools like these can help each of us broaden our perspective, become more discriminating thinkers, and make more informed decisions.”

NewsTrust is still in a late beta phase, though it will be formally launching in finished form later this year. It’s already matured to the stage where it is a valuable resource for discerning news junkies like ourselves, though, so please don’t hesitate to take full advantage of the ways in which it can help you filter out the bullspin and get to the news you can trust.


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2 responses

9 03 2007
misedjj

Why kids trying to be informed and participatory citizens NEED this!!!!!!!
See Favorite Daughter’s latest blogpost, “Obama, Superman, the F-Words and Bigotry”

10 03 2007
David Mckenna

Kids are more informed than most parents realise.

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