Join Date: Feb 2006
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So I'm writing this post to find feedback from families in Ontario who have experience with this element of the elementary curriculum.
We are a family who does not own a TV, nor do we intend to ever own one. We may watch a movie once in a while during the winter months on our 13" laptop, or stream a tv show from the internet for ourselves. Dd may watch a movie at grandma's house (planet earth or the likes) or we may rent something that we think is interesting and watch it together from time to time (again on the laptop). This all said, media is not a huge part of our lives. We limit all disney character items (etc) from our home and encourage toys and items of interest that have no distinct media reference. If we receive media related items we donate them and dd is aware and ok with this.
So that's the back up...now for my dilemna...
So dd has been in montessori school - one where they do not encourage media at all and have parent workshops on media influences etc. However, we are considering that she may have to go to the public system next year due to my upcoming mat leave. I was reading the curriculum as I was mainly worried about her advanced level of intelligence and how that would work out for her in gr. 1, and stumbled across this whole section of "Media Literacy" where they study movies, cartoons, advertisements etc. I'm floored really...all this time we have worked to keep this out of our lives and now they are going to teach her about this stuff.
There was a specific section of the curriculum outline where they looked at advertisements for toys and questioned the children, "now would this be for a boy or girl" - brutal...in our family, toys are gender neutral.
Anyways, I'm writing to seek guidance from a family who may relate to where I'm coming from and have experience in the public education system such that you could advise how you deal with this component.
earth honouring, tree hugging, yogi mamma to dd - my forest faerie (Feb/04) and ds - our new little bean born peacefully at home (01/02/11)