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New NCTE Position Statement on Media Literacy

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has released a new position statement, focusing on the need for media literacy education. The Media Education in English Language Arts statement posits:

Literacy is expanding, and English language arts (ELA) educators at all levels must help learners develop the knowledge, skills, and competencies needed for life in an increasingly digital and mediated world. Media education is defined as the study of the media with the aim of cultivating people’s media literacy competencies (Lee, 2010). For people of all ages, media function as a public pedagogy due to their influential role in “organizing, shaping, and disseminating information, ideas, and values” (Kellner & Share, 2007, p. 3). To address inequalities in digital technologies and competencies, continuing curricular innovation in the ELA curriculum at all levels of K–12 education is needed.

Visit the NCTE website to read the full position statement, which articulates its three core themes:

  1. Exploring Representation and Power through Critical Reading, Listening, and Viewing
  2. Empowering Voice with Writing, Speaking, and Self-Expression
  3. Increasing Relevance by Critically Examining Digital Media and Popular Culture

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