Separating Fact from Fiction is Topic of Presentation

Ernest Fleishman

The Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich (RMA) presents Dr. Ernest Fleishman discussing “Today’s Education Challenge – Separating Fact from Fiction in a Digital Age,” on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. The program takes place at the First Presbyterian Church, 1 West Putnam Ave.

Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 in 1953 and many consider it to be his masterpiece. He explored the themes of threats to freedom of expression and the harm of censorship as seen in a future world where the written word is forbidden and books are banned. Today, in a digital age Bradbury’s message is more relevant than ever. The Greenwich Public Library has selected this book for the Greenwich Reads Together program.

Using Bradbury’s fictional book as a starting point, Fleishman will lead a panel discussion focusing on the dangers of censorship and disinformation. The panel will explore the question of how education can help students lead more meaningful lives in a digital age where it is increasingly difficult to separate fact from fiction. The panel will discuss the challenges of helping students think critically and the techniques and ideas for developing critical thinking skills. The panelists are Emma Goddard, a Greenwich High School student; Ryan Jones, a teacher of history and government; and Alexandra Stevens, a library media specialist.

Fleishman is a Former Superintendent of the Greenwich Public Schools (1976-1989). He is currently a Senior Vice President for Education for Scholastic Inc., one of the nation’s largest publishers and distributors of children’s books, educational software, and instructional materials. Fleishman’s role at Scholastic includes developing company-wide strategic initiatives with school districts, government agencies, major educational organizations, and corporations.

The Greenwich Retired Men’s Association offers a free program every Wednesday that is open to the public; no reservations are required. For additional information, visit or contact

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