I loved reading this article and learning more about the film & media work going on at Bristol-Warren’s Hugh Cole Elementary School. Too often, exceptional and creative learning opportunities in or after school are dependent on the parents who come up with them and put in the volunteer hours to keep them going, and when those parents move on, the programs fall apart. This is not a slam – the current trend in expectations-from-above is laying claim to every minute of teachers’ and principals’ time in school. That’s why this program stands out – it has grown and evolved over the years, and seems to have lasted in spite of the inevitable departure of its parent-creator, Katie Reaves. I often wonder, when I read about excellent programs like this one, how might they be expanded to other schools? I think we could learn a lot from Katie Reaves and the Hugh Cole educators who have embraced this program.
“Children who participate become knowledgeable about the messages they are daily bombarded with. It allows students to deconstruct them so they become critical and analytic consumers. They know the tricks of the trade, so they are not at the mercy of the media. If they can watch it and play with it, they are also able to know how to work and create with it.” -Katie Reaves
Read the full article here: “When Children Make Media: A Visit to the Hugh Cole School” by Marketa Zezulkova