People underestimate how powerful the media is for young people who grow up watching a lot of television. Through the media, we've established this standard of what every human being should look up to.
Thinking Beyond Beats and Rhymes
This day-long event with 26 teachers from the School District of Philadelphia was hosted at Temple University's Tech Center and developed by the staff of the Media Education Lab. Lectures, discussion and activities were built around issues and themes from Byron Hurt's documentary Beyond Beats and Rhymes. Activities included linking communication arts to "new literacies" education, discussing representations of gender and violence in hip-hop, applying key media literacy questions in analysis of various media texts and in media production simulations, bringing student tastes in pop culture into the classroom, and more.