Tuesday, December 06, 2016
In this era of fake news, when even the pursuit of truth is politicized, it is heartening to
read about Concord High School’s nearly two-decade commitment to teaching students to
be skilled consumers of information.
Monitor reporter Ella Nilsen wrote about the school’s media literacy program on Monday,
and we believe it is important to isolate and emphasize a few paragraphs from her story
for readers who may have come to the erroneous conclusion that the school’s approach is
Nilsen wrote: “At Concord, teachers said they are focused more on teaching students core
media concepts rather than wading into political arguments. ‘You have to remember
they’re not adults yet,’ said Kaileen Chilauskas, head of the high school’s English
‘With the election . . . they were so overwhelmed by the level of inaccuracy.
They’re not sure who to trust, who’s going to tell them the right information.’ Students go
through core concepts, considering who created a message, why is the message being
sent, what information might be omitted from a message and how other people might
perceive the message differently.”
In short, the purpose of the program is to teach critical-thinking skills, which belong neither
to left nor right but truth itself.
We recognize that the political wounds of a contentious election season remain raw, but it
is our hope that people of all political stripes will follow the lead of Concord High’s media
literacy program and actively challenge their own assumptions and perceptions in the
honorable quest for illumination.