Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Fairy Ring; or How Else and Frances Fool the World

The above link will take you to a new book about how two girls who take their pictures of fairies, mount them on sticks and take photographs with them.

This was in 1917 and they fooled everyone! They even fooled Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. Apparently, they kept it a secret until they were elderly.

The facts in this book confirm what one of our Social Studies teacher was talking about. How can people keep all of their facts straight when they don't have time to double-check what an author writes or what a newscast is broadcasting?

I guess it means that we all have to decide if we believe in fairies or not. It also means that we have to fact check, ask others, read authoritative sources, and check publication dates. We have to constantly strive to be smarter than the reporters, so tonight when you are watching or reading the news you will have to be the one who decides whether you believe in fairies, Santa, or other things that go bump in the night.

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