When I was in about sixth grade, we spent over a month on a unit about advertising, propaganda, and how people use media to influence and even control other people.

Apropos of nothing, Stone Cold Steve Urkel
Apropos of nothing, Stone Cold Steve Urkel

PWe learned different styles and types of advertising, how to spot and interpret bias in media, and how to look more deeply into what the producers of that media were saying.

This was of course, in my English and social studies classes. This also was about the time that the Communist bloc was starting to fall, right after the Berlin wall went down, and so it was topical at the time. Now, I wonder what happened to those sorts of curricula. That stuff certainly helped me develop my own bullshit detector. I guess critical thinking can’t be measured on a standardized test...

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