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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.
This week, there’s a lot of talk about elections, democracy, and power. Our children are hearing it, as hard as we might work to keep the news off the radio and television, as hard as we try to keep discussions positive, as determined as we are to find our way toward forming a more cohesive nation after a bitter campaign season.
One thing you hear a lot about during an election year is the economy. How’s the economy doing? Have we recovered fully from the Great Recession? Do most people have jobs? Do those jobs pay well enough to live on? Is the stock market up or down?
It’s two weeks until Election Day! Are you holding mock elections in your classroom? Are you hosting debates between the two parties? Are you examining the political advertisements? There are lots of ways to get your students engaged with the process!