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2020 Taught Us How to Fix This

12/31/2020 9:00 AM | Valentina Dingle (Administrator)

Our current model of social change isn’t working.

By David Brooks Opinion Columnist , New York Times,  Dec. 31, 2020, 5:00 a.m. ET

This is the year that broke the truth. This is the year when millions of Americans — and not just your political opponents — seemed impervious to evidence, willing to believe the most outlandish things if it suited their biases, and eager to develop fervid animosities based on crude stereotypes.

Worse, this was the year that called into question the very processes by which our society supposedly makes progress.

So many of our hopes are based on the idea that the key to change is education. We can teach each other to be more informed and make better decisions. We can study social injustices and change our behavior to fight them.

But this was the year that showed that our models for how we change minds or change behavior are deeply flawed.

It turns out that if you tell someone their facts are wrong, you don’t usually win them over; you just entrench false belief.

Read the entire column HERE.

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