Have you ever been duped by fake news headlines? If so, you’re not alone. Recent (real) news stories have erupted during the last couple of weeks that reveal Internet users are bombarded with fake news every day, and that fake news might even have been a major force in the presidential election.
Teenagers who are entering 9th grade this year will be the first graduating class for whom the terrorist attack of September 11 is truly history. It happened before they were born. They have no memory of that clear, sunny, blue-sky day, no story that's been told to them about a parent picking them up from preschool in tears, no memory of their own. They only have what we as parents and educators can teach them.
Long summer days can be hard to fill with constant enriching activity! And yes, while boredom is a useful learning tool, there is such a thing as enough. Many parents and guardians, especially those who have other work besides caring for children, allow more screen use in the summer than in the school season. When your seven-year-old is sitting on the couch playing Minecraft, it’s easier to make dinner, answer emails, talk on the phone to your boss or partner, and do just about anything else.
Being polite, helping others, leaving the world a better place than you found it—these are all things that are part of being good citizens in the real world.