For what it’s worth, when I try to untangle the threads to actually address the so-called “fake news” problem, I always end in two places: 1) dismantle financialized capitalism (which is also the root cause of some of the most challenging dynamics of tech companies); 2) reknit the social fabric of society by strategically connecting people. But neither of those are recommendations for educators. <grin>
Another line of what I think are VERY appropriate criticisms concerns my recommendations. To be honest, I’m not sure I even believe in them. Yes, I believe in empathy and building resilience. Yes, I relish people recognizing unconscious bias and grappling with the limits of their own mind. But I’m not at all convinced that asking people to strengthen their individual cognitive capacities will do a lot to address a complex systemic issue. But I was speaking to a room full of educators. And I was encouraged to not just critique. So I had to recommend something. But please, feel free to tear those ideas to shreds and offer alternates to address the problems I’m identifying. I’m far more confident in the problems than in my proposed solutions.