From Ewan McIntosh’s blog yesterday:
The Illiterates of the 21st Century
The fact is, that most of those working in education, in politics, in the civil service are the equivalent of modern day illiterates. Without understanding how to read and write on the web, there is no other way, really, to describe this state of being. This is why media literacy teaching and learning need to be the top of every school’s literacy strategy. Reading and writing is about more than pen and paper these days.
This is strong stuff.
Read more about the state of media literacy education in the UK in this post by the Guardian’s Kevin Anderson, and take a look at this interesting Charter for Media Literacy launched by a broad coalition of advocacy groups in the UK.
In the U.S. the closest thing we have to a “charter” is Core Principles of Media Literacy Education unveiled this year by the Alliance for a Media Literate America. (A new web site is expected to launch by the end of this year.)
What do you think of McIntosh’s definition of the new “illiteracy”?