In addition to the teaching of sifting and sorting being important because our young people are often satisfied with information, it’s very related to the fourth lie about authority and the second lie about happiness.
For us to influence the way our teens sift and sort information, they must first see us as an authority they’re willing to believe and follow.
For our teens to use a standard rather than happiness, they must understand that happiness isn’t always the wisest goal to have in mind when choosing information. Just because an answer to a question makes you happy doesn’t mean it’s the right answer.
What are wiser standards when sifting and sorting through all the information we have? here are a few:
- true – false
- accurate – inaccurate
- complete – incomplete
- relevant – irrelevant
- interesting – less interesting
- important – less important
- helpful examples/illustrations – less helpful examples/illustrations
- credible source – questionable source