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Media literacy would be required for California K-12 students under new bill

Original post made on Jun 7, 2023

Recognizing fake news, being savvy about social media and resisting cyberbullying would be a required part of California school curriculum under a bill now making its way through the Legislature.

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Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 7, 2023 at 2:26 am

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@CarlineJones very interesting. Since Silicon Valley also known at Palo Alto & Santa Clara County Valley has been
and is the hub of all International computer programming, websites, apps — where does this leave our very own children who have been subjected, co-opted to a state of the algorithm, techno based economy that has fueled this trajectory of global, “poison” pill. As a center to everything tech, our kids know it, feel it, live it. Yet they also see they r witness 2?the disparity between a population left to a side-line of unknowing. Those residents who did not get “online” soon enough and are pushing & pulling carts, relying on disappearing analogue transit schedules, who bank w/out an ATM card, who live without an Ethernet connection to a Internet world. How does our center of the Internet App based universe account? Even applying for a local rental requires an account, a username, password & log-in. All before a credit check, application fee. How do our children rise above the lions share of our local/global trajectory and maintain individual land collective humanity? With AI quickly taking hold where to encourage our youth, our children in PA to commence forward upward in non engineer careers like bio-chemistry, oceanography, geology, English, fine Art, theater, Music. My 17 year-old child truly believes human existence on Earth only has 20 years left. How can Stanford, Google, Apple, Facebook tool up to encourage investment in our human and earth saving subjects outside of the Software Engineer etc. I have been reading,hearing, seeing major telephone companies hauling the fast paced AI takeover. Yet. It’s taking over. I am afraid it’s too late. AI does not require a minimum wage, overtime pay, benefits. When nursing home employees are forced to use and have a iPad to

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2023 at 8:32 am

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I am already seeing advertisements for AI camps for kids for this summer. AI is moving so quickly and it is the under 30s who are making the inroads and teaching even younger individuals so those of us older than 30 will once again feel like dinosaurs when talking about the subject, let alone those who make the laws about such things.

However, my real comment is whenever I see something like this, I always wonder what will not be taught to allow the times for this new educational requirement.

The idea that schooling should teach the 3 Rs and prepare for future employment is still the core requirement for school education. All sorts of social issues are now supposedly requirements and I have to ask how much time is being spent on these issues v core subjects. We still need people to be able to read and write, to be arithmetic competent even in the computerized world in which we live. Keyboard skills appear to have replaced cursive as most under 30s are unable to read or write in cursive. Spelling and grammar seem to be less important than when I was in high school. Being able to calculate basic numerical problems is important otherwise any calculation could be out by tens, hundreds, thousands or more if dependence on apps or programs is all a student can do.

Education is still very basically the 3 Rs, social issues should be primarily learned and discussed in the home with parents, being employable has to be a goal of education. Otherwise, we will have a generation with identical social issue viewpoints, no ability to see another point of view, and completely unable to walk into a job that pays for their basic standard of living. Or have we actually reached that stage alreay?

Posted by Resident11
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 7, 2023 at 11:11 am

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PAUSD could start by restricting phones in our schools: Web Link

Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jun 7, 2023 at 12:07 pm

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@ Bystander .... Can't state it any better than how you did. Excellent post. Sadly, California public school education is failing students on many levels and this will just add another layer to the social justice agenda that has seemingly replaced basic K-12 education.

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