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HOW DO YOU DIFFERENTIATE FAKE FROM TRUE EDUCATION!?

True and fake education

True and fake education. Education is a key that is capable of so much; it can open many doors in the world. Education is a sector that deals with the sharpening of people’s brain. In reality people are gifted with the potential of grasping things, understanding things, creating new knowledge and coming up with inventions of different kind and all of this is possible because of the gift of intelligence which comes through the brain that we human beings possess.

The most important gift that we human beings are given is the gift of intelligence which does not require certification or/and papers. The diplomas, papers and the like are a convention made to fit our modern needs. Otherwise every human person has skills, intelligence and capability that is inborn. It is simply the matter of putting it into action.

Anthony de Mello, S.J is one great writer who wrote different works, in his “One Minute Wisdom” he shares several themes. On Authenticity he writes:

The Master was never impressed by diplomas or degrees. He scrutinized the person not the certificate.
He was once heard to say “When you have ears to hear a bird in song you don’t need to look at its credentials.”

These wise words from the master speak it all; a tree is known by the fruits it bears. This should apply to our youth today that what counts the most in life is what they possess in their minds and not simply what certificates that they hold in their hands.

Underneath is an article on fake news and how to recognize it

1. Don’t just read the headline—dig deeper. Read the full article and assess the sources of the claims.

2. Look for evidence, not opinion (unless it’s a relevant expert’s opinion—remember, they’re an expert in a particular field for a reason). Personal experiences and common beliefs are not credible sources.

3. Look for replication—has the same story been published elsewhere? If multiple sources are covering it, it’s more likely legitimate than if this is the only source. If not, it could be unreliable. What website are you reading it from? Does the address look dodgy or untrustworthy? If so, you should…

4. Read about the site, the author, or publisher. Knowing more about these will help inform your evaluation of balance as well (see below). What do you do if the evidence they present isn’t language-based … what if it’s an image? A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Not necessarily—pictures can lie as well. Perhaps it might be worth conducting a reverse image search to see if it is a fake image?

5. Ask yourself, are all the reasons presented to you for believing something actually relevant to the central claim? For example, suppose that in the heat of debate on the biological basis of aggression, a person says to you:
logical Strength
An argument is not just a heated debate—every piece of text you read that contains the words but or because, however, yet, therefore, thus, etc., is an argument. Evaluating the logical strength of an argument is accomplished by monitoring both the logical relationships among propositions and the claims they infer. The overall structure of an argument needs to be logical if the argument is to be considered strong.

6. If the structure lacks logic or what the writer deems to be logic is weak, this may be a sign that you’re dealing with fake news.

7. Logic is objective; so, look out for dramatic punctuation (!) and sensationalist language. Yes, the real news often presents its headlines in a sensationalist manner, but fake news can go overboard with this. With that, a good rule of thumb is to evaluate any sensationalist reports with extra care, regardless of the source.

8. Construction of logic requires care, so look out for careless presentation. Imagine a piece seems logical—OK, fair enough. Did you notice spelling mistakes or any concerning issues with the manner in which the piece was presented? These may also be signs of fake news.
Credibility
Evaluating the credibility of claims and arguments involves progressing beyond merely identifying the source of propositions in an argument, to actually examining the credibility of those identified sources (e.g., personal experiences, common beliefs, opinions, expert/authority opinion, statistics, and research evidence). So…

9. Count the reasons and objections (i.e., reasons for and against). If there’s a relatively large difference between these counts, then we can consider the argument imbalanced, which may imply that that the argument’s author is in some way biased. However, it may also mean that there is an imbalanced amount of evidence available for evaluation (and thus, it’s not necessarily biased writing; rather research as complete as it can be); so, be extra careful in your assessment (and don’t be overly skeptical).
Furthermore, an argument may be biased in the sense that a person has a belief or prejudgment that makes them focus only on reasoning that supports their belief (e.g., confirmation bias).

10. Question the intentions of the author and ask, what is the purpose of this news story? I find that an often useful way of approaching the assessment of bias is through asking whether the piece or ‘story’ made me feel something. Remember, news stories are supposed to be objective. If what was presented to you evokes some kind of emotion, then it means that either the author is biased or you are. Be honest with yourself about this and assess both possibilities. Notably, this ‘emotion evoking’ is commonplace in pieces like editorials or opinion-based articles; so, it’s not always necessarily fake news. With that, however, you must be aware of the piece’s format, its role, and its purpose.

Originally written by Psychology Today

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