Why don’t we have a Media Impact course for High School kids? I’m talking about educating kids on how the media (internet, tv, cable, movies, magazines) show them a perspective that is often unhealthy and not based in how real life is.
In our culture today with everything out there…I feel very strongly that there must be an emphasis on neutralizing media influence and promoting hands on, real life opportunities for kids. I know there are many programs that offer many opportunities in the school district, but balancing that out with education on what media does to their everyday view of life is going to be more and more essential.
I think this should be a required course. I know there are so many classes that are required through state mandate, and maybe making it a required course at first would be too much of an uphill battle. But maybe it could be at least an elective that really delves into violence, misogyny, healthy/unhealthy role models, etc.
If the district does have a course like this, I would very much like to learn more about it. Thank you and I look forward to your response.
The state core curriculum for grades 3-6 has three strands: information literacy, literature, and media literacy; the last strand addresses at the elementary level what you are asking about. Here’s the link to the state core for those grades. The state core curriculum for grades 7-12 is broader and focuses on a set of “Big Six” skills; the idea of media literacy is addressed in standards 2 and 4, objective 2, however, as you have mentioned, the difficulty with mastery of these standards at all grades is time. Elementary teachers often feel that they don’t have time to teach all core curriculum areas – this among them, and there is not specific secondary course that addresses only the library media curriculum; as it is expected to be embedded in other content areas.
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