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Let's Talk About It
We are all flooded with misinformation. But what can we do about it?
We turned to Henry Brechter, managing editor of the U.S. media company AllSides, to explore whether misinformation can be effectively curbed through government regulation, or whether such efforts would do irreparable damage to free speech. AllSides uses media bias ratings to provide balanced news across the U.S. political spectrum.
In our podcast, "Let's Talk About It," we explore the complex and oftentimes fraught relationship between the principle of free speech and the need to protect the public against misinformation that can foster political polarization.
We young people need to learn to navigate the media landscape and teach ourselves how to identify bias in the news. Our generation should aim to be as educated as possible so we can assess the accuracy of information and not rely on government regulation.
Here is our contribution to the campaign for media literacy.
There's no Plan B if our friends the bees perish
Some consider them a nuisance, but bees are critically important to humankind. In this podcast, "Plan Bee," two students at the European School Brussels II explain how climate change and humans are endangering bees.
Youth speak out about climate change
Frustrated. Angry. Disappointed. Such are the feelings of young people in the face of climate change. Four students from News Decoder partner schools -- Paulo Araujo and Panashe Noel Jonga of the African Leadership Academy, Raivo Kleijsen of the European School of Brussels II and Lucy Maitland-Lewis of The Thacher School -- speak about their feelings as world leaders meet at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.
Ground Zero Blues
A song written by Susan Ruel about the 9/11 attacks on New York City
Lessons from COVID-19 about pandemics and the U.S. healthcare system
Hanna Rahman, a student at the Hewitt School in New York City, examines how COVID-19 hit hospitals in the city and what the pandemic shows about the U.S. healthcare system. In her interview with Dr. Graham Barr, a professor of medicine and epidemiology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Rahman learns about long-standing, systemic inequities in the city's healthcare system and how certain racial groups from certain areas of the city suffered most from the pandemic. But there's hope to be drawn from the effective impact the lockdown and social distancing measures had on mitigating the pandemic.
The Great Acceleration
Students at the European School Brussels II discuss the impact that "The Great Acceleration" -- the dramatic growth of a large range of measures of human activity that started in the mid-20th century and continuing to this day -- has had on Earth's environment.