The Foundation of Learning is ‘Free and Open Encounter’

On Thursday, August 16, 2018, in a coordinated campaign organized by The Boston Globe, more than three hundred news organizations across the United States published editorials in defense of a free press.  Also on Thursday, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution affirming that “the press is not the enemy of the people.”  Way back in 1643, long before the U.S. Constitution guaranteed freedom of the press in the First Amendment, the English poet and philosopher John Milton articulated the notion of the “free marketplace of ideas”:  “Let [Truth] and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse in a free and open encounter?”  We believe that keeping an open mind, and being willing to change your mind when exposed to new information are hallmarks of lifelong learning, and we design every Road Scholar program to support “free and open encounter.”  

In that spirit, please tell us in the comments below which news sources you trust and, more importantly, which you rely on to challenge your own opinions!  

  • I don't trust any to provide all news.  I get the daily Wall Street Journal, which I have found to be less limited by partisanship than the NYTimes (sadly  devolved from prior reliability).   For TV news I often watch part of Varney in the morning.  For the evening news I tape Marsha MacCollum and replay interesting sections. I also skim Drudge Report for items not published by others and skim the Guardian from time to time. For balance our local paper merely clips and re-publishes NYTimes and Wash Post articles.

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