letters: SC needs information literacy, Clyburn, meat, McMaster talk

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FILE – The Snapchat app is seen on a mobile device in New York, August 9, 2017. As concerns grow about the impact of social media on teen psychology, platforms from Snapchat to TikTok and Instagram they are adding new features that they say will make their services safer and more age-appropriate. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

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information literacy

Our second president, John Adams, declared: “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” Unfortunately, information can be altered in more convincing ways than ever before. Social networks have become a source of news for many of our youth. We need to protect our youth from falling victim to dangerous disinformation campaigns. South Carolina needs to pass an information literacy curriculum to protect our students from propaganda and fear. Information literacy means understanding how information is created and the context in which it is used. Other countries and states have already implemented measures to educate their communities to identify unethical use of information. Since 2016, Finland has been successfully educating its children to master digital sources of information. New Jersey passed an information literacy curriculum bill last September. The South Carolina Department of Education should consider adopting similar standards that teach our students to identify misinformation and misinformation.

Jennifer Brown, McCormick

clyburn was right

Punishing Congressman James Clyburn for his accurate analogy is a clear example of redirected verbal aggression. MAGA’s republican behavior traces the Nazi takeover of the German government, from the “coming storm” to the Beer Hall Putsch by the various “militia” type groups, and beyond. Direct your admonition where it belongs, not at those who, like Rep Clyburn, warn that those who don’t learn history are doomed to repeat it.

Claire Lobel, Hilton Head

study

Most of the counting has already been done and it is almost official that the electoral process will end soon. Regardless of all the promises that have been made, the reality is that the elected officials, who are supposed to represent the people, are actually going to work for the party bosses. Some people cast their ballots but did not do the proper research to find out the positions their candidate had taken. Many voted along the lines of the party they were raised with, by race or group association rather than by issue. We have one of the best political systems in the world that allows us to live the lifestyles that we do. Our dominant position in the world is threatened by foreign powers that have emerged in the last 70 years because our majority party will focus on eliminating whatever programs the previous administration put in place rather than creating new solutions to our problems. Fortunately, we can change this. Before the next elections, it is up to each one of us to study the issues and get a clear view of the problems so that we can find the best solutions that will benefit us and future generations.

James Muldrow, Colombia

Bonnie Raitt platform?

Governor Henry McMaster’s acceptance speech included a few words from a Bonnie Raitt song: “We’ve got four more years, we’ve got more work to do, so let’s give them something to talk about.” In fact, we have work to do in SC, which ranks 49th in school rankings, 39th in overall child welfare, and 34th in health care. So Governor, let’s get to work to improve the lives of all our citizens. Maybe then we’ll have something to talk about!

Ceil Treiss, Hilton Head

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