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  •  She is the only worker in her business-- (11+ / 0-)

    it's not as if she will be forced to pay for health care
    for employees.

    It's just a stubborn reaction to any and all things Democrat,
    anything that fox news has told her lies about.

    It's sad, really.  She's not a stupid person, just one who
    has bought into a line of reasoning that is based on lies
    and misinformation.

    I tried for a time to engage her in conversations about
    but we were so worlds apart that we have agreed to just
    disagree, and not talk about anything political.

    •  This just shows (23+ / 0-)

      how fear, anger, and hatred can overrule rational thought. And I'm sorry for your friend that it's happened to her. I wish we could be better than this. But sadly, the right-wing noise machine is a master of spreading fear, anger, and hate. I wish I could get my FOX-loving acquaintances to just sit down and do an experiment: (1) Keep a tally of how many times FOX tries to make you scared, angry, or hateful. (2) Think about whether they may be trying to manipulate you. (3) Decide whether you want to live your life this way, and if not, just turn off the TV and do something fun and uplifting and rewarding. You might notice that you sleep better, and your stress levels go down.

      •  I want that exercise (15+ / 0-)

        done in schools.  I always thought kids should be taught to see how marketing manipulates them.  We see the consequences of letting the propagandists go wild.  A whole bunch of people live in a political cult.  My Dad raised us to see the folly of marketing to our emotions and I thank him often even though he is gone.

        Everyone! Arms akimbo!

        by tobendaro on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 05:03:26 AM PST

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        •  They do. Lots of lessons on it (9+ / 0-)

          in Social Studies.  And, in English, picking out fact from opinion.  It's one of the small victories we have won in the schools.

          David Koch is Longshanks, and Occupy is the real Braveheart.

          by PsychoSavannah on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 05:15:57 AM PST

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          •  It's being taught. (7+ / 0-)

            Here are just a few examples, from the Texas curriculum guidelines.

            5th grade

            (12)  Reading/Comprehension of Informational Text/Persuasive Text. Students analyze, make inferences and draw conclusions about persuasive text and provide evidence from text to support their analysis. Students are expected to:

            (A)  identify the author's viewpoint or position and explain the basic relationships among ideas (e.g., parallelism, comparison, causality) in the argument; and

            (B)  recognize exaggerated, contradictory, or misleading statements in text.

            6th grade
            (13)  Reading/Media Literacy. Students use comprehension skills to analyze how words, images, graphics, and sounds work together in various forms to impact meaning. Students will continue to apply earlier standards with greater depth in increasingly more complex texts. Students are expected to:

            (A)  explain messages conveyed in various forms of media;

            (B)  recognize how various techniques influence viewers' emotions;

            (C)  critique persuasive techniques (e.g., testimonials, bandwagon appeal) used in media messages; and

            (D)  analyze various digital media venues for levels of formality and informality.

            There are also lots of curriculum objectives relating to distinguishing fact from fiction; identifying faulty reasoning; determining whether a writer actually supports the claims he is making; etc.
        •  Teaching kids about polls (9+ / 0-)

          I have a friend who was assigned to teach a life skills type of class. Most of the students in the class were not strong students academically.

          One of his class projects for the students was designed to help them understand how polling works, because he wanted them to be able to see the difference between high quality and, well, manipulative quality, polls.

          He asked them what they thought was a good issue to poll fellow students on. The issue that was really bugging them was the administration's rule on clothing--something like a ban on wearing baseball caps backwards.

          First step: learning how to write a good poll question. What's a bad question, and why?

          Second step: clipboards, forms, pencils--and out into the school to interview students.

          Third step: compiling the data and calculating the responses.

          Fourth (and most challenging) step: Inviting the principal to class, and presenting their poll results to him.

          That fourth step was really important, because these were students who were not accustomed to talking to decision-makers and advocating a change in policy.

          My friend did a lot of preparation with them so that their presentation to the principal would be as strong and effective as they could make it.

          Pretty cool class project, eh?

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