Leaning and Teaching Scotland have just announced what they think the markers fo excellence in literacy are for the 21st century… and the definition of texts is:novels, short stories, plays, poems, reference texts, the spoken word, charts, maps, graphs and timetables, advertisements, promotional leaflets, comics, newspapers and magazines, CVs, letters and e-mails, films, games and TV programmes, labels, signs and posters, recipes, manuals and instructions, reports and reviews, text messages, blogs and social networking sites, web pages, catalogues and directories. (emphasis added) (ht Ewan)
So, what will that mean for youth work in the 21st century? Informal educators inhabit the world their ‘clients’ live in. We meet people ‘where they are at. How do you think that Christian youth work will engage with this generation of digital natives? And will banning youth workers from texting, instant messaging and Bebo really turn out to be a good idea?