Last week I went to Washington D.C. with my mom to go to the National Writing Project spring meeting. They had a presentation on fake news. The presenter shared a historic example from the 19th century like the “manbat” rumor, where two scientists that were looking for attention made up a story that said “manbats” lived on the moon. The funny thing is that people believed it. It was posted in a historic newspaper. But why did people believe this fraud? The bad thing is that today fake news has grown. Since anybody can post anything they want on the internet, I learned that you should always check the site you are getting information from and see if it is trustworthy. Since the internet is full of unreliable information, it results in a world where truth may be lost or hidden.
When I was in D.C. I also visited Senator Cory Booker’s office and Senator Robert Menendez’s office to drop of information about the National Writing Project and to support teachers in New Jersey. The most surprising thing that happened though is that one of the Senator’ Booker’s aides is the niece of my fifth grade teacher. What a small world! Before I went to D.C., I had no clue what the offices were like and I would not be able to visualize their work environment and where they sign important bills. Now I have a reference point in my mind for the work that they do.
For my last thoughts for this blog post, I will include my own memories of Kean University. My favorite memory is when I was in the preschool there and we were learning about “decay”. I was the only one who got to help the teachers with the vegetable we were watching decompose. That was one of the happiest days of my life. Since I was a toddeler I have been lucky to be in this learning community. It all started in the campus childcare center.