Is the Internet Making School Kids Experts or Idiots?

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Almost every American student in K through 12 now has access to a computer. But public school districts are desperately short of money. What do they do in the Internet Age? They lay off librarians. Internet-savvy kids can do research on Google, but who's teaching them how to cull through that mass of information to separate fact from fiction? Boosters of the digitized culture say the Age of Gatekeepers is over, that the idea of authority is being overwhelmed by the prospect of freedom. Critics say that will leave kids to fend for themselves in world full of misinformation and propaganda. We hear both sides.

Credits

Guests:
Sara Scribner - Librarian, Blair International Baccalaureate School, Jeff Jarvis - City University of New York / BuzzMachine - @jeffjarvis, Natasha Lipson - Senior, New Roads High School, Delaram Ahmadyveasi - Junior, Beverly Hills High School, Andrew Keen - tech-industry commentator - @ajkeen

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Darrell Satzman, Karen Radziner