The world around us is filled with visual stimulation. Signs tell us where to go, remind us of rules, and warn us of dangers. Advertisers vie for every bit of retinal real estate available them to peddle their wares and market their services to a weary public. It is now common for people to live through the lens of their camera as they Snapchat and Instagram their meals before picking up their forks.

In such a visually driven world, do we spend enough time teaching visual literacy? Do we talk enough about the structures and features of visuals as their own genre or form of communication? Color, angle, perspective, scale, content?

There are many apps available for manipulating images in visually misleading or silly ways. Do we teach students how to evaluate or analyze images to determine audience, purpose, and craft?

I can’t speak for others, but I think my curriculum is lacking in the area of visual literacy.

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