Developing and Using Critical Comprehension (DUCC) was founded to teach students in grades 2-6 about digital literacy and critical comprehension skills to foster independent thinking in a non-politicized manner.
We believe in early-childhood intervention to improve critical literacy abilities. Since students are being introduced to the internet at a much younger age, they need to be educated on the harmful aspects of online content to exercise caution and learn not to believe everything they may see online. We aim to impart media literacy skills to students so that they can recognize misinformation, especially regarding propaganda, extremist content, and potential exposure to radicalizing content.
Our goal is prevention rather than intervention: we aim to help students identify harmful content before encountering the content online. To do this, we provide resources that allow students to practice fact-checking information and be able to identify when information is potentially false or lacking evidence to support claims. Additionally, we provide guided lesson plans and additional teaching resources to educators to facilitate these types of lessons and conversations in any classroom nationwide.