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The place I consider my most trusted source for factual information is nowhere. I know, very anti-climatic, but really whenever I read or watch any kind of news I approach it with a sense of untrust. I think really that’s the most healthy way to handle the news.
When it comes to being a mom, I trust teachers and doctors to a certain extent, but I always keep in mind that things are changing and information is being updated and when I hear something ONCE it may not always be the most up to date version of things and I double check the facts to make sure.
In BLANK we trust
When I was in college as an English Major my sense of trust of anything I read or heard changed when we learned about “the unreliable narrator”:
An unreliable narrator is a narrator, whether in literature, film, or theatre, whose credibility has been seriously compromised. The term was coined in 1961 by Wayne C. Booth in The Rhetoric of Fiction. Unreliable narrator – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In my current situation, I’m struggling with where to send my children to middle school. My oldest is a first grader next year, but at sixth grade she’ll be headed to middle school and from what I’ve heard the middle school she’s supposed to attend is one step up from living in a prison environment. I want to trust that the schools in our town are pretty good, but from what I’ve heard in the last few years (and keeping in mind that there are good schools and bad teachers and vice versa), I’m considering home school and private school as alternatives because of the negative reviews.
My suspicions about the school were heightened when the checker at CVS who is probably just out of high school, told me I should take my kids out of the school district if they end up having to go to the middle school. Strangely I trust this random person because he’s got no kids of his own, graduated from the school, and was so passionate about “saving my kids” from the school. When someone has such a strong opinion and nothing to gain from it, you have to at least consider their opinion, right?
How will I know?
Then the question comes to mind…how do I trust anything I read or hear? Well, if I pass on information (such as above) I try to show my sources and when I read or hear anything I try to consider the same. I know that if I do that, I can at least tell someone where and when my information was collected. Things get updated or change all the time and knowing the source of information helps me be as in tune with the most recent factual information as I can be.
What is your most trusted source for factual information?