Just because you find it on the internet doesn’t necessarily mean it’s true.

Presumably that’s one of the lessons freshmen at Evanston Township High School learn in its new Freshman Humanities program.

Dr. Peter Bavis, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, has issued the first in a series of papers that focus on the current freshman restructuring efforts at the high school.

Titled “Student Research Skills in the 21st Century,” Bavis explains how students are taught to conduct research when the whole world of information is at their keyboard fingertips, as contrasted to the old system whereby scholars laboriously threaded their way through encyclopedias and old magazines that happened to be stored in libraries accessible to them.

“Executing research, showing written evidence of that research, and then integrating the research into a written form,” he writes, “is one of the skills of the Common Core State Standards that has been embedded into the new freshman program.”

One of the more difficult skills needed today, he contends, “is to distinguish between reputable and reliable sources and those that are not.”

Dr. Bavis’ paper is available in its entirety on the school’s website.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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