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‘Fake News,’ Bogus Tweets Raise Stakes for Media Literacy

Last year, Leu’s New Literacies Research Lab found that fewer than 4 percent of 7th graders could correctly identify the author of online science information, evaluate that author’s expertise and point of view, and make informed judgments about the overall reliability of the site they were reading. Educators and advocacy groups have responded by promoting the notion of “media literacy.” A coalition of nonprofit organizations announced last month a campaign to lobby states to pass new legislation that would promote such instruction in schools.