Prof. Levin Testifies at State House
November 02, 2011
Wheelock Professor of Education Diane Levin testified before the Massachusetts Legislature's Joint Committee on Education in support of legislation that would direct the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to develop standards for teaching media literacy for grades K-12. Levin has spent the past 25 years researching the impact of media and technology on children from birth to age eight and teaching media literacy courses to teachers and parents around the world.
In her testimony, Levin said: "By not providing media literacy education in our schools we have given media producers and marketers too much control over today's children's education. Parents cannot fight the forces of media in their children's lives on their own. They need the help of teachers, who have been trained to promote the optimal development and learning of children and are thereby best suited to counteract the onslaught of today's media.
"Children also need the help of schools. Too often they are left to their own devices to makes sense of the harmful content they see. Too often as children try to figure out what they see, they are lured away from the other vital lessons schools are responsible to teach, such as literacy and math. Requiring media literacy in Massachusetts' schools right from the start will make a real difference in children's lives and go a long way to improving their social, emotional, and intellectual well being."