Critically Analyze News

Do you want to make better decisions in your life? You can take responsibility for your life and learning by becoming intellectually engaged in the world around you. You can improve your life by thinking for yourself, asking the right questions and verifying the reliability of the information you’re receiving.

As critical thinkers, we must acknowledge the power of the information that is thrown at us every day through billboards, magazines, newspapers, signs, television, the internet, and social media. It’s up to us to question what we read, watch or hear.

Have you ever… based your voting decisions on what you saw in the media?

Proposition 1 takes away teachers’ freedom to speak up on behalf of Idaho’s students. It makes it illegal for our teachers to discuss classroom funding issues with their own school administrators and it bans them from talking about overcrowding in their classrooms or school safety issues during contract negotiations. Proposition 1 puts control in the hands of locally elected school boards in our communities where it belongs. Negotiations are in open meetings so taxpayers can observe and participate. No longer are new teachers laid off first in tough budget times just because they were hired last. Any layoffs must be based on job performance, not hiring date.

We must… challenge assumptions, claims, and viewpoints instead of just accepting them as fact. We must learn to recognize logical fallacies and biases. We must also accept that we are just as responsible for the information we duplicate and share with others. Ask yourself, “How often have I bought into what was sold through media and advertisers? Am I perpetuating the problem or am I part of the solution?

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