Sure, This’ll Never Backfire…

Brighton College wants students to think critically about the information they are bombarded with every day.

Does that include that coming from the college themselves, I wonder?

It will be running a programme next years (sic) which will feature the words of high profile figures ranging from ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle to current US President Donald Trump.

Deputy headmistress Leah Hamblett said she had the idea to teach pupils about fake news after a discussion with headmaster Richard Cairns on talking to pupils about recognising truth.

As if they were qualified to do that themselves, never mind teach it!

The philosophy teacher said: “I want to teach them to go looking at resources, looking at where the source comes from and is it respectable?”

Wait, what? The truth is the truth – ‘respectability’ doesn’t really come into it!

“We have a responsibility as teachers to make children more savvy about what they hear and read.

“They need to know they can’t trust everything that pops up on their phone and learn how to form opinions.

“The course we are introducing will ask has fake news always been around under another name? and will use Aristotle’s standard model of truth to help pupils unravel fact from fiction.”

Or, as it’s better known these days, the Correspondence Theory of Truth. Still, if that doesn’t work, you can always just confiscate their access.

3 comments for “Sure, This’ll Never Backfire…

  1. January 10, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    Truth 301. Advanced recognition of the presence and/or proximity of the Prince of Lies. Focus will be placed on the disguises of horns on the head and cloven hooves, the presence of fire and smells of sulphur (additional course components provided by visiting lecturers from the Chemistry Faculty).

  2. January 11, 2018 at 6:57 am

    It’s quite sickening the way the serially slanted attempt to be accepted as the arbiters of balance.

  3. Mona
    January 11, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Dear Students, put your health first, understand how your body works, treat it with respect, what body contains so does the world.

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