Our aim is to help students learn to be smart consumers of these
messages, to see through the deceptions that they encounter daily, to
dig for facts using the Internet and other resources, and to set aside
prejudice and weigh evidence logically.
The materials on this site, then, are tools to teach them to see
through spin. Under the heading Tools of the Trade we've outlined a
five-step framework for analyzing information and avoiding deception.
That process is the essence of what we do at FactCheck.org, where we
have been de-bunking false and misleading claims in politics since 2003.
Each of our Lesson Plans presents students with a message and leads
them through a process of discovery leading to the facts. None of the
deceptive messages we offer here are hypothetical. All of them,
commercial as well as political, are real, and students probably have
encountered some of them already.