Visual Literacy

Don't you see mr. gove?

To state the obvious, today’s media is saturated with images, which are often subject to manipulation and misinterpretation. However, the UK education system hasn't caught up to the idea that every student needs guidance in critically interpreting what they see, as much as they do for what they read.

The advocates of visual literacy has some great arguments, such as how it encourages students learn through discovery using their natural senses, and prepares students for the unknown future. However, their great efforts often result in another article or another book.

It’s time for a change. It’s time to take it up to the man himself Michael Gove, UK’s (now former) Secretary of State for Education.

In conclusion, we must bring Michael Gove visually evident and measurable proof to persuade him to implement a course in Visual Literacy in the UK’s secondary school curriculum. 

We bring him his favourite thing in the world—standardised test scores. 

Although the assessment mimics the visuals of standardised exams, not all questions come with the right answer. The exam emphasises visual awareness, intuition, cultural values and critical thinking skills, rather than just mere memorisation skills. 

The assessment was presented at 17April, a critical design symposium. 

These worksheets demonstrated what visual literacy means.Visitors were encouraged to draw glasses around Mr. Gove to help him SEE the importance of visual literacy.

Visitors were encouraged to draw glasses around Mr. Gove to help him SEE the importance of visual literacy.

A 20-minute presentation about the research process covered... 

  • The mechanics of seeing
  • Why visuals have been neglected in state education through out the history
  • Consequences of neglecting visual literacy in today’s education
  • Ways to strategically implement it into the UK’s school curriculum