SDP Students Need Information Literacy Skills

School librarians play a crucial role in teaching information literacy and media literacy to students. They can help students develop the skills needed to navigate and evaluate digital information, including identifying credible sources and evaluating bias. But students in Philadelphia Public Schools lack the partner they need in learning how to navigate this important skill: a school librarian. 

Teaching information literacy and media literacy are essential in today's digital age, where we are constantly bombarded with vast amounts of information from a variety of sources. These skills enable individuals to find, evaluate, and use information effectively and responsibly, making them critical for academic success and lifelong learning. Information literacy is becoming increasingly important as social media and other digital platforms play an increasingly significant role in shaping our worldview. Through information literacy education, students can learn how to critically evaluate and analyze media messages, including identifying bias and propaganda. These skills are especially critical in today's polarized political climate, where media manipulation is becoming more common.

By teaching information literacy and media literacy skills, school librarians can help students become responsible and informed citizens who are able to navigate and understand the complexities of the modern world. These skills are essential not only for academic success but also for personal growth and development, as they promote critical thinking and effective decision-making.

Philadelphia Public Schools need to realize that school librarians play an essential role in promoting these skills among students. By investing in effective school library programs and ensuring that every student has access to a well-staffed and well-funded library, we can help ensure that students have the tools and resources they need to succeed academically and beyond. It's time for Philadelphia to Restore School Librarians. Add your name to the petition to the Superintendent today and make it a High Priority.