WLLR's Is It The News...Or Not?

Which is true?

The Headlines:

  • Giant Turtle Spotted Racing Rabbit Across Highway In Florida (FAKE)
  • Man Buys Motorized Toy Truck And Gets Ticket For Parking It Illegally (FAKE)
  • Educator Apologizes For Sexy Posts Promoting Reading (REAL)

Social media has given teachers the opportunity to reach students in a way they never have before, which is why one South African educator used Twitter as a way to help promote reading among his students. Only his posts ended up offending a few people. The Department of Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said his actions were an attempt to “push the boundary” and encourage reading as an activity for “fun and leisure.” He was apologizing to “sensitive viewers” he may have offended after posting images of scantily clad women in an effort to promote reading. Many users were shocked that such images would be used for a reading campaign aimed at young adults and school children. Others said the images were “sexist” and objectify women. South Africa was ranked last out of 50 countries in a 2016 literacy study testing primary school students for reading comprehension, Africa’s Mail & Guardian newspaper reported last year.

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