A non-profit group in Philadelphia teaching public school students to combat “fake news” has told children as young as eight-years-old that “there are facts to back up” the notion that President Donald Trump is “Evil” or “Dumb”.
Fake News Finders, an after-school workshop organized by the non-profit group Mighty Writers and led by former Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Annette John-Hall, were profiled in the latest New Yorker issue.
The workshop focuses on young children, some as young as eight-years-old. The group’s founder, Tim Whitaker, a former editor of Philadelphia Weekly, said he started the group to address illiteracy and poverty in the country. He suggests that before students can write clearly, they must think clearly.
During the workshop, as detailed in The New Yorker, Ms John-Hall asked the children whether they know the new president’s name. After a chorus of youngsters yelled “Donald Trump” she then asked: “When you think about our new President, give me a one-word descriptor.”
A number of replies came including “Evil” “Dumb” “Racist” “Sexist” and “Disrespectful”.
Rather than trying to strike a balanced approach, the anti-fake news instructor told the children that “There are facts to back up every single word you just used.”
She also asked the students a couple of times about the dangers of talking and sharing something that isn’t true. After multiple answers, including “You’ll either end up in a war or a riot” and other mentions of war, the instructor agreed with the children.
She told them that President Trump’s behavior had “international ramifications”, adding that “Our own President doesn’t know how to tell the truth.”