I remember reading through my history books and almost every ancient civilisation I read about one thing was common. The primary method of communication, teaching, recording? Yes, you got it right… Images!. Living in China made me read about Chinese language and you can read for yourself how images of objects played a part in development of Chinese language
Most of the ancient languages we know about were all in shape and form of images which highlight how important images are in not only story telling, teaching younger generations about our past but also to preserve the past in a sort of ‘universal language’ which need not extreme efforts to ‘decrypt’ in future.
I have to say that I really enjoyed the sound effects in the Youtube video below 🙂 but the excellent narration, cross referencing and the story line circling back to the importance of visual literacy in education wasn’t dampen by the audio visual effects.
Content Warning: Video contains some images of torture, blood and violence. Viewers discretion advised.
The thing is that this video explained in such an excellent way my own opinion about the place of visual literacy in education that I have nothing else to add but to leave you with another video by famous George Lucas – also talking about the visual literacy in schools.
During my Internet research on this topic I also came across this article which is the text version, if you are interested 🙂 🙂 in reading. The article is a bit dated but it shows that the discussion surrounding visual literacy is not new and has been going around in education sector since the start of this new century and if there are any concerns from traditional and conservative educators in these new approaches they should find peace in the news I read a couple of weeks ago. Here is the link for you to read through it.