Study Shows 140% of U-32 Students Can’t Recognize Fake News

A study done by the AP Stats class last week revealed startling information: 140% of all U-32 students and 110% of parents are unable to recognize satire or fake news. The study was part of a national data collection survey, which found that U-32 falls several points worse than the national average.

This graph really speaks for itself.

“We didn’t expect to see such high percentages,” said Taylor Forest, a student in the stats class. “But we know that our polls were accurate, so these are the real numbers, as much as we wish they weren’t.”

These charts clearly support the stats class’s conclusion.

“140% is bad. Frankly, it’s embarrassing,” said principal Stephen Dellinger-Pate. “I think this shortcoming reflects badly on our school, and we need to do something about it.”

Dellinger-Pate said he is considering adding “recognize satire” to the list of proficiencies required for graduation. In the meantime, here are a few things to look for to recognize fake news:


  • Is the information blatantly false? If you see impossible numbers such as “14/10 people,” the article might be satire.
  • Is any of it sourced? As George Washington famously said, “it’s incredibly easy to make up quotes.” Articles without references are usually untrustworthy.
  • Is it from a known source of satire, such as the Onion, the Private Eye, or the Woolly Mammoth? That’s a dead giveaway that the news is definitely not real.

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