Media literacy is an essential set of core competencies for the 21st century. Yet, it is not a required subject area in U.S. schooling (although one can argue it is an implied teaching method within the recently adopted yet highly controversial Common Core Curriculum Standards).
Most commonly, media literacy is taught through the intentional grass-roots efforts of intelligent and innovative K-12 teachers who teach subjects such as (but not limited to) English, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Health. Media literacy education has also organically emerged through after school programs, community center offerings, and religious curricula.
The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) was established, in part, to coalesce these grass-roots efforts. Please show your support to media literacy education in the United States by making a donation (of whatever size) to this non-profit organization. Other ways you can support media literacy education in the U.S.: