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Why National Media Literacy Week Is So Important

A giant stone face at The Bayon temple in Angkor Thom, Cambodia The launch of the very first Media Literacy Week (#MediaLitWk) in the United States is being held November 2-6, 2015. The mission of Media Literacy Week is to highlight the power of media literacy education and its essential role in education today. Sponsored by Trend Micro and hosted by the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), Media Literacy Week U.S. is the first event of its kind in the U.S. This important inaugural event has the support of 60+ partnering organizations and media literacy experts from all over the country who are dedicated, passionate media literacy practitioners.

Canada and other countries have been touting the benefits of this sort of learning for more than a decade; why is the U.S. so far behind? And if media literacy is so important, why isn’t it a required component of American education? What can families do to foster media literacy in their homes and communities? Here are a few problems, a few figures, and a few suggestions for the future. Read the full article on [log-in required]