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The first five minutes of this news video was a critique of Trump’s attempt to mislead with disinformation.

Twitter and Facebook blocked Trump’s attempt to share a clip in which he reportedly said that “children are almost – and I would almost say definitely – almost immune from this disease”. The news folk pushed back with corrections, but slipped as they did so.

The news anchor said that Twitter and Facebook had blocked Trump’s misinformation. The claim that children are “almost immune from the disease” is disinformation, not misinformation. It was a deliberate attempt to convince parents that it is safe to send their kids to school so that the parents can get back to work.

Misinformation might be a result of early and incomplete fact-finding. It could also be a result of unclear or ambiguous phrasing. Disinformation flies in the face of facts. Being immune to the SARS-CoV-2 virus means your body can fight it off. It does not mean that you cannot transmit it. Immune persons can still transmit the virus they are not hygienic and do not maintain physical distance.

The reporter on the ground said that “precision is so important when you are talking about peoples’ health”. Being precise is not the same as being accurate.

Accuracy is about hitting the target, i.e., getting the facts right. Precision is about being consistent. It is important to be accurate first and then precise with explanations and elaborations. If you are not accurate first, it is still possible to be precisely wrong.

This is not a game of semantics. This is about being scientifically literate. This means getting information from reputable and reliable sources, and using accurate and precise language to communicate these findings.

News agencies can be a good source of information, but they are not necessarily halls of information and scientific literacy. It is up to teachers and educators to first develop these skill and mind sets, and then model and teach these to students.

Ha, ha. We get the in-jokes in this tweet.

As you move from being schooled to being educated to being an educator, you experience harsh realities. But the realities are harsher.

An adjunct educator is not likely to get benefits like leave, insurance, or the equivalent of Medisave and CPF.

An adjunct is likely to be paid below market rate and not benefit from annual or other logical periodic increments.

An adjunct is likely to do some work effectively for free, e.g., attend meetings, provide consultations, grade papers.

An adjunct is likely to be highly qualified, skilled, and/or experienced, but none of those factor into renumeration spreadsheets.

The reality is less funny and not represented in a tweet. The reality are claims and observations that should be examined and addressed. The reality is that very little will happen.


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