Ragtag Film Society / Columbia Public Schools Media Literacy Initiative

Mission

As we catapult into a world of ever-changing media, distribution platforms, and news outlets, we owe it to our students to equip them with the skills to be thoughtful, critical consumers. They deserve the tools to think consciously about the ways their world is presented to them. We believe video — and by extension film — in its ubiquity, is a medium that lends itself to learning to think critically. By practicing analysis of imagistic media forms, we deepen our understanding of each other and the world at large.

Primary Goals

  • Increase the presence of film in core classrooms.
  • Help teachers and students learn to read film as text.
  • Cultivate and enhance critical thinking skills as teachers and students practice analyzing new media.

To learn more about this program, please contact Allison Coffelt, Education Outreach Director (allison@truefalse.org).

This initiative is funded by a grant from Columbia Public Schools Foundation.