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Diane Levin
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Diane Levin is internationally recognized expert helping professionals, parents and policymakers understand and respond to the impact of various societal forces-such as violence and sexualization, and media and commercial culture-on children's development, learning and behavior. She is a founder of 3 advocacy organizations: T.R.U.C.E—Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children's Entertainment, which helps professionals help parents deal with the impact of media and promote quality play; Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which works to end the commercial exploitation of children; and, Defending the Early Years, which advocates for appropriate early childhood practice that counteracts inappropriate aspects of many recent school reform mandates. Levin is a Professor of Early Childhood Education at Wheelock College and her 9th book, Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood: Teaching Young Children in the Media Age comes out in August 2013.

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Media Literacy for Young Children: Essential for School Success in Today's World

(7) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 6:07 PM

The Massachusetts Legislature's House-Senate Joint Committee on Education recently heard testimony on behalf of legislation proposed to develop comprehensive media literacy education in kindergarten through 12th grade. I testified in strong support of this legislation because of my deep concern about how media and technology are...

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Why I Support Government Policies and Regulations that Protect Children from Violent Entertainment

(3) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 1:50 PM

Boston City Council President Provides a Model for Us All

On Tuesday, August 13, I had the opportunity to testify at a Boston City Council Subcommittee hearing held on a proposal submitted by the Council President, Stephen J. Murphy, banning children under age 18 from attending...

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Detroit Riots of 1967: Lessons for Today

(11) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 12:02 PM

The city of Detroit has declared bankruptcy (Globe). In the summer of 1967, I was in Detroit, with a group of beginning early childhood teachers from around the country. It was a very hopeful time. We were studying how President Johnson's "War on Poverty" would help children and families who...

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