Today Casey Says

A young writer's take on journalism

Time to teach kids to detect fake news — June 19, 2017

Time to teach kids to detect fake news

The smartphone is the baby pacifier of the Information Age. And, just like the traditional pacifier’s unintended dental consequences, the smartphone pacifier has its own downside. When we give kids access to media before teaching them media literacy, they don’t know how to navigate the information landscape, and end up tripping over the pitfalls of the Internet, such as fake news.

As someone who volunteers with middle schoolers, I see this problem on a regular basis. Middle schoolers are on their phones constantly, but they don’t have the skills to distinguish between fact and fiction on their many newsfeeds.

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Refugees and the pursuit of happiness — January 22, 2016

Refugees and the pursuit of happiness

In the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson wrote that all people are entitled to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

These are the ideals that America declares to fight for whenever we enter a war — whether it be to form a republic two centuries ago or to fight terrorism in the Middle East today. It has become our goal as a country to grant the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to a larger population.

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An introduction to The Titan Spectator — November 1, 2015
Female role models deserve more credit — June 27, 2015