Written by: Jessica Sender
Primary Source: Information Literacy Resources
When the grand jury in Ferguson handed down the decision to not prosecute Darren Wilson, the policeman who shot and ultimately killed Michael Brown, it set off reactions across the country-from protests and marches spanning from New York City to Oakland. Many teachers, professors, librarians, and educators have been wrestling with how to address some of the issues that Ferguson, the deaths of Eric Garner and other black men, and race and racism in America have raised, in the classroom.
One of the most thought provoking blog posts I have read (at least for me) was a post on ACRLog, entitled “Using the New Framework to Teach Ferguson.” ACRL is at the tail end of a multi-year process outlining new guidelines for information literacy in higher education. The blog post highlights some of the most relevant pieces of the new frameworks, and how we, as educators and librarians, can teach about what’s going on in Ferguson (and across the country). Encouraging analyzing information for validity and bias, finding information whether across formal or informal channels, and understanding how information delivery has changed and evolves based on emerging technologies (twitter, etc.) are all just a few of the framework points that we can incorporate into our sessions-regardless of being one shot sessions or more involved research and projects we work on. The post also discussed the hashtag #fergusonsyllabus, which was started in August, and has gathered quite a bit of traction on twitter, encouraging and highlighting different pieces that professors, instructors, and teachers of all levels can use in classes to encourage discussion of Ferguson and issues of race nationwide.
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