Thursday, March 16, 2017

Swedish school children are not only learning how to write computer code, but also how to identify fake news.

Courtesy of The Local: 

Along with programming, the moves to improve digital competence will also include teaching kids how to differentiate between reliable and unreliable sources, a subject that has been particularly hot in Sweden as of late, with everyone from comic book hero Bamse to the King emphasizing the importance of source criticism. 

"There has been some naivety when it comes to the information society. An idea that all knowledge is just a short click away and we don't need to know as much as we needed to before," Fridolin explained. 

"It's the exact opposite: we need basic knowledge in reading, writing and numeracy so we can’t be tricked, but we also need to advance our criticism of sources to the same level as we previously taught students about scientific theory for example. You already need to have your first taste of this today at about the age of ten." 

A multitude of sources is a reality of the modern digital age, the education minister added, so it is important to prepare kids to identify trustworthy outlets. 

"You need to know what you can trust, what the difference between a serious media outlet and a propaganda site is. And how certain can you be that your image of the truth is formed from facts, and not someone who wants you to think about things in a certain way?”

Well I think we should prioritize this in America as well. 

The idiots who believe, and share, fake news really fucked us up in this last election and educating future generations to avoid a similar outcome seems like it should be a priority.

And while we are at it perhaps we could offer online classes to those currently of voting age as well.

After all the Trump voters are still out there, waiting to manipulated in the next election cycle as well.


  1. These "small" countries rule.

    And more good news:
    Dutch election result: Mark Rutte sees off Geert Wilders challenge as Netherlands rejects far-Right.

  2. Elliegrl6:26 AM

    I'm reposting this here b/c I put it a couple back:
    Everyone needs to go read the great Louise Mensch (@louisemensch) British ex-MP & John Schindler (@20committee) Ex-NSA spook on Twitter, and then read her blog Patribiotics. I didn't like Comey either until I read the full story. Comey CAN'T talk or he's impeding an active investigation into treason. He met w/a handful lawmakers & Feinstein spoke to reporters after & basically Glomared (I cannot confirm/deny.) Reporters who have followed her said she had the same shaken, grave look when she announced Milk had been shot. She also stated they were not commenting BC they had been shown CLASSIFIED info. (And it was done in a special room.) Then idiot advisor Roger Stone said he thinks his twitter, email, and phones were targeted w/a FISA warrant when we only knew he communicated w/hacker Guccifer 2 on Twitter. The moron TOLD us they also talked! *head desk* Several white hat hackers found that Wikileaks gave Russia access & its servers are IN Russia. And they have found the guy hosting them, who ALSO might be Guccifer! That moron when outed deleted his social media, which doesn't look bad AT ALL lol. These clowns are not even good comic book villains they are so inept. There is a reason these charges re:Yahoo came out, DOJ is laying the groundwork 4 charges. Oh! And Weiner may have been catfished by a legal adult & Hillary emails planted. The books they will write about this will be more insane than Bond. Hubby is voting for "Little Gold Finger," but I prefer "Little Gold Member." Heh heh. @20committee since he is ex NSA has current IC friends, who have said Trump will die in jail. This is BIG. I don't read here often now, the news is coming too quickly to keep up. Some other great journalism & dot connecting is being done by @funder & @khanoisseur. Be warned, its a loony rabbit hole. He's been groomed as an asset for decades. OK, I'm back to check I got the handles right and McDonald's may have been hacked BC they tweeted Trump "You are actually a disgusting excuse of a President and we would love to have @barackobama back. Also, you have tiny hands." Oh. My. God. That was @ the top of my feed, see what I mean?? I'm @sewimperfect on there, I literally tweeted for the 2nd time after Nov & I'm hooked. I want him arrested so I can go back to my life lol.

    1. Anonymous10:07 AM

      Louise had some really good stuff this a.m.

      Khanisseur is good stuff.

      On the right track.

  3. Education is key, but brain-washed people resist education. The Fox brain-washed olds will die off. The alt-right types will maybe die if their health care goes away. I see dying, not learning. Sorry to be morose.

    1. Anonymous7:57 AM

      Religious adherence is intellectual suicide.

  4. Anonymous6:55 AM

    Indeed. But lets go back to when some sense of decency and commonsense was present in the civilized society of the usa. Was it 1995? 2000? 2005? 2010? 2015? Prior to 911 it seemed somewhat normal, then 911 happened. And the current global terror begins. The internet that some called evil and work of the devil. mr gates, steve jobs, and others. Our infrastructure crumbled, the trust lost, the fear, the hate surfaced.
    Republicans defunded everything including security. President Chaney took charge and started wars. Yep. and here we are today. A nation of idiots. WTF is wrong with this picture? The insane are gaming the system. The evil have taken our money for the project. The money project. Scientologist walk with trump. Within that cult lies the problem in America. Hateful Evil Brainwashed Weak Bamboozled Idiots waiting for the spaceship. Track, trace, catch, tag, and jail them.
    We know throughout history that there were those that were evil opportunist, hate filled obstructionist, crazy train dictators, and heartless scumbags. But in modern society they walk the deplorable path to hell and want to take the innocent with them.

    1. Anonymous7:54 AM

      little dick chaney and donny drumpf are BOTH this:

    2. Anonymous7:59 AM

      What we are seeing now in power is a moral 911.

    3. Anonymous9:53 AM

      @7:54 WATCH THIS REGARDing GWBush and DC.

  5. Anonymous7:01 AM

    Why is the USA military not invading Russia and taking out putin today? He is the dangerous dicktator. The little man with a huge complex. and Why have they not removed Donald trump from our buildings? He is putins puppet. Why? Dangerous dicktators must be removed from the planet.

    1. Anonymous12:26 PM

      You sound, ummm, rather fascist.
      We have NATO, or haven't you heard.

  6. Anonymous7:57 AM


    1. Anonymous8:18 AM

      OT?drumpf>“I watched your friend Bret Baier the day previous where he was talking about certain very complex sets of things happening, and wiretapping. I said, wait a minute, there’s a lot of wiretapping being talked about.”
      " I do. I do. But I think that frankly we have a lot right now. And I think if you watch—if you watched the Bret Baier and what he was saying and what he was talking about and how he mentioned the word “wiretap,” you would feel very confident that you could mention the name. He mentioned it. And other people have mentioned it. But if you take a look at some of the things written about wiretapping and eavesdropping… and don’t forget I say wiretapping, those words were in quotes. That really covers—because wiretapping is pretty old-fashioned stuff—but that really covers surveillance and many other things. And nobody ever talks about the fact that it was in quotes, but that’s a very important thing. But wire tape covers a lot of different things. I think you’re going to find some very interesting items coming to the forefront over the next two weeks."
      Word Salad^^^^^^^^^^

    2. Anonymous9:40 AM


    3. Anonymous11:58 AM

      Obviously trump doesn't know what in the hell wire tapping is and thinks he is going to "school" the rest of us.

      His "evidence" is probable going to be the definition of wire tapping.

  7. Anonymous8:12 AM

    OT?“We are greatly saddened to learn of this proposal for elimination, as NEH has made significant contributions to the public good over its 50-year history.”

    1. Anonymous8:26 AM


  8. Anonymous8:33 AM

    " The three Steves—King, Bannon, and Miller—are shining examples of this influential underbelly. Conservatives refuse to crackdown on the increase in white nationalism and terror by white supremacists"<They ARE the Leaders.
    "JCPS should be a shining example for the entire nation about the transformative benefits of promoting diversity in the classroom and beyond"

  9. Anonymous8:42 AM

    America is already doing this. Maybe I should say California is. They jumped right on it last year.

  10. Anonymous9:16 AM

    "The idiots who believe, and share, fake news..."

    Lol. This coming from a guy who lets people crap the complete jokes that are the Palmerreport and Politicususa etc... all over his comment section.

    1. Anonymous10:02 AM

      Ty che, blyad!
      Little Ruskie!

      Ain't freedom of speech great?

    2. Anonymous12:20 PM

      Groan. Now everyone is a Ruskie is that right 10:02? Talk about freedom of speech, anytime someone steps out of the far left thinking bubble around here with any common sense, reality, and intelligence... they are of course a Ruskie. Some lefty freedom of speech eh? Good luck in the upcoming elections as your stupid backlashes turn off everyone but your exact type lol!

  11. Anonymous10:06 AM

    Please Call it Cannabis. Fun to watch>
    Rabi, Priest, Atheist

    1. Anonymous10:49 AM

      Well worth the watch regarding many subjects:

  12. Anonymous10:10 AM

    Vilnius, Lithuania>>>>>>

  13. Marthe10:52 AM

    You need to know what you can trust, what the difference between a serious media outlet and a propaganda site is. And how certain can you be that your image of the truth is formed from facts, and not someone who wants you to think about things in a certain way?”

    Republicans would never go for this. Brainwashing, fear mongering and propaganda outlets are the tools they use to keep people voting for them and against their best interest.

  14. Anonymous10:58 AM

    I've been saying that there's no reason someone can't research a good private school curriculum and make it the public school curriculum. Or just amend common core. Because that's the biggest problem in my opinion. Obviously poor areas need funding and school choice hurts them. Curriculum matters though .

  15. It's called "information literacy".

    Librarians have science degrees in it. It's what they teach, along with other skills. Clerks check books in and out and shelve. Librarians teach Information Literacy.

    How many of your schools have actual certificated teacher librarians on staff? How many of them even have libraries?

    I think you'll find that when the budget cuts started under Reagan's (bogus) "A Nation at Risk" the first "fat" to be cut were Librarians.

    It took the Republicans almost 30 years but they finally built a constituency stupid enough, pliable enough and gullible enough to vote GOP no matter what.

    DeVos is just the last salvo in the war and we've lost. Public schools are pretty much destroyed. What was once one of the top educational institutions in the world is now woefully sliding down the list into the 40th and 50th rank. Georgie helped it along with No Corporation Left Behind. Trump will finish it.

    You can't say you weren't warned. Teachers have been warning of the consequences of all of these laws, rules and regulations for decades. Prop 13, NCLB, all of it. But did anyone listen? Nope. After all, they're just teachers. What do they know? Overpaid babysitters. They should keep their noses out of politics.

    And here we are.

  16. Anonymous11:11 AM


    The rest of the world: Fix what is broken and progress forward.
    America: keep making mistakes. Over and over.


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