I’m very excited about the recent vote of the Los Angeles school board. Last week, the board decided that schools would begin teaching media literacy in grades 1 through 12 beginning next school year. They have called on the superintendent to develop a plan, and for the plan to consider in which subject areas media literacy will be included, and for how much time. They plan will also consider how professional development will get to the teachers. And here’s a really intriguing part of the resolution: The board is engaging students by calling for a campaign of 12th graders with their teachers to discuss and then submit ideas and best practices for media literacy instruction.

–Erin McNeill, founder, MLN

School Board Approves Critical Media Literacy Resolution

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LOS ANGELES (March 9, 2021) – The Board of Education unanimously passed today a resolution to help students learn to determine fact from fiction in an environment when many depend solely on social media or one-sided sources for information. Critical Media Literacy instruction would begin with the 2021-21 school year.

“Bombarded by misinformation posing as fact on social media, television, radio and in publications,” Board Member Jackie Goldberg, who sponsored the resolution, said, “our students need to use their critical thinking skills to determine what to believe.”

“The Internet is an undeniably powerful tool for our students, but it is also one that must be used responsibly,” Board President Kelly Gonez said. “Now more than ever, it’s important that students be equipped with the tools and skills to recognize biased depic