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Schools should teach pupils how to spot ‘fake news’

BBC – Sean Coughlin

“Schools should teach young people about how to identify “fake news”, says the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s education director. Andreas Schleicher is planning to include questions about such “global competencies” in the next round of the influential international Pisa tests. He wants teenagers to look beyond the social media “echo chamber”, where they might hear only views like their own. Students need more places to “exchange ideas”, says Mr Schleicher. The OECD aims to develop global policies focused on improving economic and social well-being. Its education chief says schools need to equip young people with the skills needed to navigate the digital world, with unreliable claims on social media and falsified news.”(more)

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