By Frank Baker, MLN chapter leader in South Carolina
On Tuesday February 9, the South Carolina House Education and Public Works Subcommittee considered HB 3332 on media literacy. There was much discussion and it appeared it might fail to pass because of some frustration over creating another task force committee. But an amendment was introduced. It would require the State Department of Education to insure that media literacy is included in all teaching standards K-12 and that SDE would be required to report that to the legislature and governor. The bill as amended passed by a vote of 5-1. I was honored to have been invited to testify where among other things I noted that SDE has evidence that both middle and high school students are weak at judging the credibility of information and bias.
[Here is a link to Frank Baker’s prepared testimony]
The measure moves along in the process. Today, 2/10 it will be discussed before the full House Education Committee
Frank Baker meets Rep. Seth Rose in 2019: “I met him to introduce him to media literacy which he immediately embraced,” and became the bill’s sponsor.