Dep Ed Secretary Wants Students Taught to Identify Fake News

Sec. Leonor Briones recently spoke to students on the importance of critical thinking.

(SPOT.phDespite the many pros of living in the digital age, one of the biggest cons continue to prevail in the Philippines: Fake news, despite the ongoing battle against it, is still rampant in a handful of "news" websites and social media channels. The younger generations, born as digital natives, remain susceptible to misinformation, which is why Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones believes it's important to introduce programs that teach students how to spot fake news and discern the truth from propaganda in the school curriculum.

"[Try] to inculcate in our senior high school program the ability to think critically. The ability to analyze, hindi lamang magmemorya ng foreign relay. Hindi lamang magmemorya ng multiplication tables or whatever kundi to be able to tell the difference between fact and fiction," Briones said in her keynote speech at the 2019 National Schools Press Conference in Pangasinan.

"Hindi ibig sabihin na may balitang seksi, kung may balitang nakakatawa, may balitang tsismoso, may balita about violence, and so on, [does] not necessarily mean na ito ay katotohanan."


Briones emphasized the importance of teaching young individuals to identify fake news, noting that uncovering the truth is a skill and an art in times when propaganda is also becoming a skill and an art.

The National Schools Press Conference (NSPC) kicked off on January 28 in Lingayen, Pangasinan, welcoming students coming from different regions in the country. About 5,000 campus journalists are participating in the annual journalism competition this year. 

Main image taken from Public Domain Pictures website.

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