Sam Wineburg on Fake History and Digital Media Literacy
I couldn’t be more pleased with the reception to my article on fake history and its implications for how we teach history, which was published yesterday at Smithsonian. My hope is that the article not only gets history teachers talking, but leads to action. As I suggested in the piece, there is a great deal on the line.
Last year Professor Wineburg delivered a keynote address at the annual meeting of the American Association for State and Local History in Louisville. I was in the audience. You can imagine my surprise when Wineburg opened with the myth of the black Confederate soldier and its implications for how we search and consume history on the Web. Wineburg’s address is well worth reading in light of our recent focus on fake news. The inability of many to spot fake news websites is just the tip of the iceberg.