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senate Bill S. 2240

Should the Dept. of Education Give States & Localities Grants for K-12 Media Literacy Education?

Argument in favor

Grants for media literacy education would make it easier for school districts to empower students to identify foreign influence campaigns and make educated decisions about advertising.

jimK's Opinion
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08/06/2019
Much of the cyber intrusion by foreign entities of even our largest institutions comes from unwary internet users clicking on links that appear real and useful- but are actually downloading harmful software that is easily spread to other computers within the same network. Much of the foreign disinformation campaigns come from internet sites posing to look like something familiar, but are not- but few people look at the url to see if it is misspelled or inaccurate. Social media posts from foreign agents posing as bonified users have been carefully crafted to encourage dissent and can only be discovered if one carefully dissects what is being said and fact checks the assertions being made. The internet makes it easy to read the headlines without getting into the details. I can cite two instances where, on this site, there were obvious opinion campaigns that involved a blizzard of new users posting emotional slogans at an incredible rate by ’people’ who have no prior nor subsequent opinions on anything at all. Training of our youth to question the validity of internet information and to recognize potentially hazardous internet sites can only help them become better prepared voting citizens.
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jacklhasa's Opinion
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08/06/2019
This country is in shambles because adults have no media literacy. Teaching our children to differentiate News from Entertainment is a necessity.
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Cndrla's Opinion
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08/06/2019
Grants for media literacy education would make it easier for school districts to empower students to identify foreign influence campaigns and make educated decisions about advertising.
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Argument opposed

Given that state legislatures are already passing bills to add media literacy education to their curricula and that educational curricula this isn’t a federal issue.

Wes's Opinion
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08/06/2019
The federal government needs to get out of education and let states and local municipalities handle it.
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JTJ's Opinion
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08/06/2019
The federal government has ruined our schools, the states should manage their own education systems.
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Gopin2020's Opinion
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08/07/2019
Get the Federal government out of education, states can do this better. Send funding back to the states with no strings attached and let states and local school districts make decisions that are best for them. #MAGA
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    Much of the cyber intrusion by foreign entities of even our largest institutions comes from unwary internet users clicking on links that appear real and useful- but are actually downloading harmful software that is easily spread to other computers within the same network. Much of the foreign disinformation campaigns come from internet sites posing to look like something familiar, but are not- but few people look at the url to see if it is misspelled or inaccurate. Social media posts from foreign agents posing as bonified users have been carefully crafted to encourage dissent and can only be discovered if one carefully dissects what is being said and fact checks the assertions being made. The internet makes it easy to read the headlines without getting into the details. I can cite two instances where, on this site, there were obvious opinion campaigns that involved a blizzard of new users posting emotional slogans at an incredible rate by ’people’ who have no prior nor subsequent opinions on anything at all. Training of our youth to question the validity of internet information and to recognize potentially hazardous internet sites can only help them become better prepared voting citizens.
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    The federal government needs to get out of education and let states and local municipalities handle it.
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    This country is in shambles because adults have no media literacy. Teaching our children to differentiate News from Entertainment is a necessity.
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    Grants for media literacy education would make it easier for school districts to empower students to identify foreign influence campaigns and make educated decisions about advertising.
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    The federal government has ruined our schools, the states should manage their own education systems.
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    I don’t think this will get very far, since the education secretary is a woman who never went to any public school in her life and neither did her children. Her only qualification for the job was donating lots of money to Trumps campaign along with her brother.
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    Support Senator Amy Klobuchar’s bill to improve education. Media literacy is very important. Teach everyone to know what a reliable source is and differentiate that from what is some conspiracy theory being pushed by bots and trolls.
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    This is an excellent use of taxpayer dollars investing in education.
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    Naturally
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    Get the Federal government out of education, states can do this better. Send funding back to the states with no strings attached and let states and local school districts make decisions that are best for them. #MAGA
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    This s is a great idea
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    Helping literacy rates increase would play a huge part in ending the school to prison pipeline. This is a must.
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    Very important, especially in rural areas Arkansas has a lot of-vote yes!
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    Understanding what is real and what’s fake, what is a trustworthy media source and what is not, is more important for students and all Americans than ever before! People who are trying push misinformation online will pray on those who have trouble distinguishing between what is real and what is fake in the digital world. Media literacy programs are critical in education today.
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    Children shouldn't spend hours online everyday. It's absurd parents allow that to begin with. Besides, I do not trust the liberal education system to properly educate children about anything much less how to decipher information on the internet. This sounds like another attempt to influence our children. Why don't we concentrate our efforts on raising the level of reading and math scores, which is almost nil in many low income areas before we move on to high tech.
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    This is a local responsibility and an immense constitutional overreach. Period. Let the states determine and pay for the needs of their citizens.
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    How about grant money for art and music classes? While you're all on the topic of education how about you get back to teaching "Real" education instead of pushing agendas that have nothing to do with education.
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    Absolutely not!!! No more democratic corruption, negative impact, seed planting in our children/youths minds. Parents are capable of deciding and controlling which IF ANY media is appropriate for their child. Definitely not a politicians decision or choice. Not many teachers could/should be trusted to monitor children either, how about use the funding to do better and continued background checks on the teachers. Have classrooms randomly monitored without notification, that may help one of many problems with education at any socio-economic level. Mitigate teacher exclusion/inclusion of certain students, improve teaching overall if they know they may be monitored, decrease sexual abuse, and bullying-by the teacher or other students. 👍🏻
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    How crazy in the richest country in the world this is even a question. Education is the Avenue to an even richer & more competitive country. Unlike Trump who along with the republicans in Congress are systemically cutting & Killing education opportunities.
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    Children are our future. Education makes that future possible. We need to be doing everything we can to thoroughly, and correctly educate our children. And that does not mean with the religious bent.
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