California has passed legislation requiring K-12 students to learn ‘media literacy skills’ to identify ‘misinformation’ and ‘fake news.’

In other words, the state wants to take additional steps to indoctrinate students and prevent independent thought away from mainstream narratives.

“California passed a new law that will mandate K-12 students to learn media literacy as part of their modules plan. The bill is designed to help students develop skills in identifying false information online amid a worrying rise in distrust in the media,” ABC News writes.

From Good Morning America:

Signed into law by California Gov. Gavin Newsom in October, Bill No. 873 requires media literary content to be incorporated into the mathematics, science and history-social science curriculum frameworks.

The bill, which will commence in January 2024, was introduced by Assemblymember Marc Berman, a Democrat representing San Mateo County in Northern California.

In a statement via his website, Berman highlighted the importance of integrating the course into the school syllabus, saying, “Teaching media literacy is a key strategy to support our children, their families, and our society that are inundated with misinformation and disinformation on social media networks and digital platforms.”

“As we’ve seen too often in the last decade, what happens online can have the most terrifying of real-world impacts. From climate denial to vaccine conspiracy theories to the January 6 attack on our nation’s Capital, the spread of online misinformation has had global and deadly consequences,” Berman’s statement continued.

“NY AND California Dems just made ‘media literacy’ a priority for all public schools. This is not organic. The reason for this has nothing to do with the media. This is what they did in Cuba. Communists took over the schools, then they used the trust paradigm in schools to fool young people into only trusting them,” Robby Starbuck wrote.

“Everyone who opposed communists was framed as liars or dangerous, even parents. We’re absolute fools if we let this happen here. Get your kids out of these places before it’s too late,” he continued.

KTLA 5 added:

The law comes amid growing distrust in the media, particularly among young adults.

A 2022 Pew Research study found that U.S. adults under 30 typically trust news they see on social media instead of stories from national news outlets.

According to a Gallup poll conducted last year, only 7% of adults have “a great deal” of trust in the media.

AB 873 passed nearly unanimously in the California Legislature. Texas, New Jersey and Delaware have also passed media literacy laws.

In related news, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced ‘media literacy tools‘ for K-12 students to spot ‘hate speech and ‘conspiracy theories.’

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul Announces “Media Literacy Tools” For K-12 Students To Spot ‘Hate Speech’ And ‘Conspiracy Theories’

New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced “$3 million would be allocated to expand the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services’ Domestic Terrorism Prevention Unit’s Threat Assessment and Management training to all colleges and universities in New York State,” a press release stated.

“The Governor also directed the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to develop and distribute a media literacy toolkit to help public school educators teach their students how to spot misinformation/disinformation/malinformation (“MDM”) online, sent a letter to major social media companies calling for increased monitoring of content that could incite violence, and released an informational guide for parents to help start conversations around the destructive impacts of hate and hate speech with young adults upon their returns home during the holiday season,” the press release added.

“Today, I’m directing the Director of Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to develop media literacy tools for K-12 in our public schools,” Hochul said during a press conference.

“This will teach students, and even teachers, to help understand how to spot conspiracy theories and misinformation, disinformation and online hate,” she continued.

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