New Jersey State Senator Michael Testa (R-1) responded to false claims being made about a newly signed law that requires students to be taught about information literacy:
“Sadly, some people are suggesting that our new information literacy law is somehow an attempt to control what our kids think. That’s the exact opposite of what this law will do.
“We must acknowledge that today’s children are being hit with a firehose of information unlike anything experienced by previous generations, with much of it coming from potentially unreliable sources such as TikTok, YouTube, and Wikipedia.
“By teaching kids to not blindly trust the information they receive through the news, social media, and other sources and giving them the tools to be skeptical, questioning, independent thinkers, we make it harder for them to be indoctrinated by anyone.
“I am disappointed that Governor Murphy has chosen to frame the value of teaching kids about information literacy in terms of January 6, which could give the impression there is some ideological slant to the law, which there is not.”