Very little room for optimism?

During David Buckingham‘s engaging keynote speech at the MEA/BFI Conference last Saturday, he addressed the possible future that Media and Film Education faces in the UK. Covering issues such as the privatisation/marketisation of education, the way(s) in which Media Education is perceived within the UK, and how the current government seems intent on harking back to a model that fits the 19th century rather than one designed for the 21st century; Buckingham painted a relatively bleak picture, however he also argued that as educationalists we should be fighting our corner.

Towards the beginning of his keynote you could hear the audience shuffle in their seats with unease when he claimed that there was “very little room for optimism” for media education. Therefore the first topic of #mediaedchat will be to discuss whether there is “very little room for optimism“? And also what can we do to defend/promote/change the subject in these ‘hard times’? Looking forward to an invigorating discussion tomorrow!

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