Are You Media Literate?

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Many children struggle to find practical meaning in school. For some, it can be difficult to extract concrete skills from the abstract natures of language and mathematics — and when these students lack a context in which to use new knowledge, their interest levels in that subject drop, along with their scholastic performance. Not good news for our future generation.

However, young people in the United States spend over seven and a half hours a day interacting with media — which makes the ability to understand, deconstruct, analyze, and criticize media perhaps the most important skill-set for young people today. And it also makes media a great way to teach kids.

To learn more about the importance of critically deconstructing messages in the media, watch executive director of the Media Literacy Project Andrea Quijada’s TEDx talk, Creating Critical Thinkers Through Media Literacy.

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Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.