Countering Misinformation in the Classroom: A Media Literacy Discussion with Randi Weingarten and NewsGuard

Educators have long taught students the skills needed to evaluate sources and locate reliable information, but in an era of virulent misinformation, this task takes on greater importance. Teaching media literacy is not just about ensuring students cite quality sources in their papers; it’s about ensuring they’re prepared to be educated participants in democracy and civic society.

In this Q & A style session, AFT President Randi Weingarten and Steven Brill, veteran journalist and co-founder of NewsGuard, discussed the misinformation trends NewsGuard’s analysts are encountering in the field, and the tactics educators can employ in their classrooms to counter these trends.

Discussants:

Steven Brill, co-founder, NewsGuard; journalist

Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers

Moderator: Mary Cathryn Ricker, Executive Director, Albert Shanker Institute