Newseum

The concept of Newseum is two-fold.  The first is the physical museum in Washington D.C.  Newseum, the museum, was built to honor the First Amendment and the five rights (religion, petition, speech, assembly, and press) that it guarantees.  It is considered unique because of how interactive the exhibits are and how much media and history is in one place.  Newseum is also proactive and alive in the way they host debates and programs over today’s issues.  Their website (http://www.newseum.org/about/) lists the future of investigative journalism, the tensions between national security and privacy, and the role of religious freedom as their target subjects.

The second part of Newseum is an online educational program, appropriately called “Newseum ED.”  Newseum’s goal is to make “history, civics and media literacy relevant to students’ lives.” (https://newseumed.org/why-newseumed/) Which, in my opinion, is a top priority in this day and age.  As like their parent-museum, this site uses the First Amendment as the avenue to talk about the obstacles our democracy faces.  The youth of today are faced with the opposite problem that we had growing up.  Our generation, and so many more before us, had a lack of information, or had to go through many hoops to get certain data.  That is now inverted; kids today have an abundance of info.  They have social media , countless websites, newspapers, and magazines telling them what is true and what isn’t.

Now, more than ever, we need to teach children how to sort through this.  What is a reliable source and what isn’t.  I think we need to teach how citation works, what peer reviewed means, and give them access to scholarly work at a younger age.  Facts are slowly becoming irrelevant in today’s world.  The next generation needs to know how to think critically about obtaining facts and how to use them.

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