The media landscape into which our children are being brought up is vastly different from any other generation of children, even including my own generation (which was only 20 years ago). Is our education system reforming quick enough prepare our children for where they are going?
Throughout the ages, we’ve stressed the importance of education to the point that now in the modern, developed world, all children are given ample opportunities to read, write, and do arithmetic. We enrich their educations with lessons in art, music, and physical activities. But one of the most important areas that our children need to be educated in, even as early as 9 or 10 years old, is in media production.
They will need to be educated in both in how to create and how to consume the best in entertainment. It ought to become a more integral part of our elementary school curriculum to teach students to become active, not passive consumers of the media, if we want to arm them with the ability to effectively digest media in a world that is already overflowing with information.