Tunya Audain says:
June 29, 2016 at 11:23 pm
Well, What Are The Avenues to Correct Journalist Errors?
Jay Greene’s report of the “hatchet job” by the New York Times on Detroit charter schools clearly asserts that it’s “journalistic malpractice”.
Now it’s Matthew Ladner and George Mitchell who elaborate on the misrepresentation and errors.
Are there not any steps to challenge this front-page story, which casts such a dark and untruthful picture on Detroit charter schools? Any codes that govern journalistic ethics? Any NYT Editorial Board to review complaints?
Since this author (Kate Zernike) aims to be educational on this subject, and the subject itself is about education, I would propose that even the Biblical enjoinder against misteaching could be invoked: “Taming the Tongue — Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers and sisters, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. James 3:1”
I am reminded of the UK story where a father took the teaching of Al Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth”, to court and received a favorable ruling.
The Judge (2007) did not forbid the showing of the film, but provided legal guidelines for continued showings:
– It is understood the film is a political work and promotes only one side of the argument
– If teachers do not make this clear they are in breach of Section 406 of the School Act and guilty of political indoctrination
– Nine inaccuracies have to be specifically drawn to the attention of students when the film is shown.
See “Anti-indoctrination guidelines for schools” http://www.parentsteachingparents.net/2013/12/anti-indoctrination-laws-for-schools/
Published in Jay P Greene's blog, https://jaypgreene.com/2016/06/29/nyt-piece-on-detroit-charter-school-missed/#comments