Education and Visual Literacy
Twenty–first century students need to be able to read the world through the process of vision. To do this, they need to know the alphabet, vocabulary and grammar of seeing.
Young people are consuming images at an extraordinary rate. It's imperative that they learn how to read images—that sensory literacy joins textual and computer literacy as part of the core curriculum.
Nearly 30% of the brain's cortex is devoted to visual processing—more than the other human senses. The optic nerve has over a million nerve fibers. Ninety percent of all the information we take in from the world we take in visually.
With so much of the brain's cortex devoted to visual processing, it is logical that visual literacy is the key sensory literacy.
We are gaining a new understanding of the human senses, due in part to the current digital revolution and advancements in the study of brain science.
The Toledo Museum of Art recognizes the need for a visual literacy curriculum—not just in art education but across all curriculum—and provides a variety of resources for educators.