Information Literacy Training Program Bill Wipes Assembly Panel in New Jersey


New Jersey students are on the verge of improving their research skills.

Last Thursday, the Assembly’s Education Committee unanimously approved a bill requiring the state to create a set of Information Literacy Learning Standards that will eventually require students learn research and critical thinking.

Supporters of the bill said those skills have become increasingly important amid a fractured media landscape and growing partisan disconnect.

“Information literacy is one of the most important life skills we can teach students right now. We see what is happening around us and students really need this skill,” Francine Pfeffer, associate director of government relations for the New Jersey Education Association, told the panel.

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The bill would require the state Board of Education to write standards on information literacy for all grades, K-12.

Among other things, the standards must teach students how the information they find online is created and how it might be used in social, economic and legal contexts – information that supporters of the bill said children lack. today.

“We have all seen children and even toddlers using phones and other electronic devices. Do they understand the power of these devices? said Mary Moyer Stubbs, consultant to the New Jersey Association of School Librarians. “They often use them without any instruction.”

Information literacy has become increasingly important as more Americans turn to social media to get their news, advocates said.

A Pew Research Center survey conducted in July found that 50% of American adults sometimes or often get their news from social media sites that have struggled to tackle misinformation and misinformation on their platforms.

“Now I like my Twitter, but, boy, do I like my Philadelphia Inquirer better,” said Olga Polites, head of the New Jersey chapter of Media Literacy Now. “It is important for us to make these distinctions. Otherwise, K-12 students will become those adults who use NyQuil to marinate their chicken.

The FDA issued a warning last week warning Americans against marinating chicken in NyQuil in an apparent response to a challenge on TikTok.

Legislation advanced today would require the New Jersey Board of Education to hold at least three public hearings to seek feedback from residents on the new curriculum.

The panel also amended the Senate version of the bill to conform to the version going through the Assembly.

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