VISUAL LITERACY

How Come Our Kids Can’t Read?

In a digital age, literacy rates in this country are measured according to what children can read and write IN A BOOK. But what about how they can read and write images? Most of the information children  (and for that matter most adults) receive comes from images: TV, magazines, even the “swoosh” on a pair of sneakers communicates an idea in but a nanosecond. But schools seem to be ignoring it – as if processing all that information was, well, you know – it’s just stuff. It’s not. It’s powerful and it’s shaping the way younger people are communicating.

If this was an email I’d sent to my daughter she’d already be bored; it’s just too much to read.

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