Our View: Education begins with hometown newspaper
Each year, NIE falls within the first week of March -- a special time for newspaper partners such as the Watauga Democrat, parents and educators.
It's special for newspapers because this week allows us to spotlight a role that we assume yearlong -- our ability to help educate media consumers in elementary school, middle school and high school.
That education has never been more important. With myriad and diverse sources of news and information available today -- the time of news being regulated to 6 p.m., 11 p.m. and on the breakfast table are long, long gone -- it's vital that young people learn to differentiate and discriminate between the offerings from which they have to chose.
As a NIE participant, the Watauga Democrat helps by offering the newspaper to teachers and their classes as a supplemental resource to an established curriculum. With original material written by professional journalists, and with the addition of seasonal NIE serial stories, your hometown newspaper is an excellent learning tool for students.
But that education need not stop at school. Parents who wish to engage their children with the newspaper have access to many of the same resources available to educators. Through a further partnership with the American Press Institute and the Newseum, both parents and teachers can access a free curriculum which uses the Watauga Democrat as a supplement, at http://www.americanpressinstitute.com.
The ability to read a newspaper is a learned skill that can change your life. Through Newspapers In Education, the Watauga Democrat is helping to turn that skill into a lifetime of educated readers.