When I was in third grade we had an assignment where we had to label various statements with “fact” or “opinion”. I guess it stuck with me because I struggled with some of them. But it was a good exercise for a little kid. If I had to guess I’d say that assignment is not part of a modern curriculum.
Propaganda is not new, but the public education system seems to have left most Americans totally unequipped to deal with a tidal wave of misinformation. A lot of us just don’t have the cognitive toolkit to tell fact from alternative-fact. Reality gets so muddied that a lot of us just go with whoever has the loudest and most confident voice.
I don’t have kids but I’m curious whether my future neighbors are learning about confirmation bias and cognitive dissonance in school? If not, shouldn’t they be? IME supporters of the current regime have never even heard of such things and see no value in understanding them. And that is the root cause of the current clusterfuck.
Are there any efforts underway to introduce this sort of thing to the national curriculum? Should there be? How could that be done successfully? I’ve seen some college courses introduced but college is way too late IMO.