Educating Teens About Faith and Media
By Gretchen Hailer, RSHM and Rose Pacatte, FSP
Whether you are a Catholic high school teacher of any discipline, a catechist, or a youth minister, feel confident that you can educate teens in one of the most difficult yet crucial areas of their growth in faith. Beware! Sister Media and Sister Catechist have written an information-packed resource that also shares their sense of fun and exploration. You and your students might consider this study of Media Mindfulness to be one of the most enjoyable and meaningful educational experiences in high school!
Copyright: March 1, 2007
Size: 8.5 x 11
Length: 150 pages
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By Faith Rogow, Ph.D., founding president, Alliance for a Media Literate America (AMLA)
By John J. Pungente, SJ, Jesuit Communication Project, Toronto, Ontario
By Frank Gallagher, director of education and media literacy, Cable in the Classroom
Catholic Library World, September, 2007
The Tidings, March, 2007
Sisters Hailer and Pacatte (a.k.a. Sister Catechist and Sister Media) successfully combine their considerable expertise into a convenient and user-friendly resource. Their main premise is that we can learn to integrate media literacy and our life in Jesus Christ in order to study any medium we choose—from books to blogs, popular music to popular culture.
This integration results in what the authors term "media mindfulness": critical thinking about media combined with Gospel values. This compelling approach honors the Catholic teaching that media are gifts from God, gifts which offer both promise and peril. In this light, we are called to discern rather than denounce, to respond rather than react.
The authors offer a number of creative tools to guide students as they discuss, discern, explore, and create media. Particularly useful is the idea that any medium is a constructed reality designed to transmit values, a concept that permeates the entire work. Also helpful is the Strategy of Media Mindfulness used to analyze the different forms of media in today's popular culture.
Educators will also appreciate the accessibility and consistency of the text. Every chapter begins with a Scripture reflection relevant to the medium being studied and an introduction to the objectives and values of that medium. Then the medium is deconstructed technically and historically while introducing the perspectives of society and the Church. Chapters conclude with a comprehensive list of resources and activities along with creative prayer suggestions that integrate the medium studied.