Publishers turn to News Decoder to explain the issues to young people

A few days ago, News Decoder received an email from a copyright clearance agency in Asia. The agency wanted to know if an educational institution in Japan could use one of our articles by correspondent Tira Shubart as a class handout.

I was not surprised by the request. Shubart’s stories tackle the mysteries of space that hold so much promise for hopeful young people who face the existential threats of climate change and armed conflict.

The story in question – “Decoder: Mining asteroids for minerals can help spare Earth” – explores how asteroids could be an abundant source of mineral wealth and spare our planet the damage resulting from the mining of those same minerals on Earth.

Shubart turns complex cosmology into a clear and simple explanation of the importance of distant orbs to the future of humanity. This is the kind of storytelling that educators love to share with students.

That’s why some of the world’s largest educational publishers turn to News Decoder for articles aimed at young people.

“The News Decoder article was perfect for study material.”

Our partner Independence Educational Publishers in Cambridge, UK have used a series of stories from News Decoder in their books for young people. Articles have covered sports, electric vehicles, endangered wildlife in Africa, vaping, dating violence, abortion, immigration and climate change.

News Decoder also has partnerships with Newsela – an edtech startup serving more than 37 million American students – and Newstex – a leading provider of news and commentary on emerging trends in business, law, politics, lifestyle and technology.

When I asked the copyright clearance agent in Asia how the school in Japan discovered News Decoder, he replied, “They were looking for something interesting and easy to read for online students and the article was perfect for study material.”

Teachers in our 22 partner schools around the world use our stories in their classrooms to inform students and stimulate discussion about major global issues. Our monthly Educator Catalog provides teachers with classroom exercises based on content from our website.

Shubart does more than explain the mysteries of space in understandable terms.

More than a year before US space agency NASA sent a spacecraft to crash into an asteroid as part of a test of our planetary defenses, Shubart wrote about how scientists are looking space debris that could endanger our planet but which could also hold the key to understanding the origin of life.

Read News Decoder to stay informed and get a head start.

(Nelson Graves is the founder of News Decoder.)

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