Television is one of the most effective mediums through which to teach and inspire youngsters
Last updated: April 5, 2019
Neil Wilson, executive head teacher of a group of schools in South Manchester, is wrong when he blames television for children’s lack of education and communication. In fact, provided children are watching suitable programming, television is one of the most effective mediums through which to teach and inspire youngsters. We need to start speaking to children on their level, which means embracing technologies such as interactive TV and the internet to get them interested. Though expensive, both to obtain the technology and to train teachers, the benefits to children are priceless. We can learn a lot from innovators such as the Essa Academy, the learning centre in Great Lever that has started giving advice to Eton College. They provide iPods to motivate and empower pupils. It is time we followed their lead, and realised the potential of technology.
The ESSA and Virtual academies are perfect examples of how television, specifically can prove useful to students of all ages
The Virtual university in Pakistan has it's own T.V channel and broadcasts lectures on college courses from Econ 101 to Bio 502.[[http://www.vulectures.com/]] The virtual academy covers school courses as well [[http://www.pen.com.pk/]] . Many students have graduated from the virtual academy&university taking online exams and watching T.V( or alternatively you-tube videos). Stanford among other prestigious U.S universities also gives out online degrees, course lectures for which are available on you-tube. Where would most of us be without T.V shows like sesame street, Dr. Seuss and Rainbow? Let's not forget that for most of us, our childhood almost entirely revolved around Disney movies, P.G Hollywood films and cartoons. Big bird taught us the alphabet, long before kindergarten. The count taught us to count and there were life lessons on cooperation, kindness and communication in entertaining songs, parables and sing-alongs. The relevance of the television set as an educational tool has been known, used and exploited for a very long time.
rebuttal to first yes point
The harmful effects of the cathode ray tube/oscilloscope on vision are ubiquitously known. Add to that the degenerate decadent and detrimental effects of a couch-potato/computer-chair lifestyle and the importance of learning hands on, while sitting in a classroom, play ground or anywhere where a teacher is close enough to observe his/her pupils and help them out becomes all the more important. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwKoCXq2Pw4]]
Demands too much self discipline
Spaced out in front of the T.V: Story of a slacker
"The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that kids under 2 years old not watch any TV and that those older than 2 watch no more than 1 to 2 hours a day of quality programming.
The first 2 years of life are considered a critical time for brain development. TV and other electronic media can get in the way of exploring, playing, and interacting with parents and others, which encourages learning and healthy physical and social development.
As kids get older, too much screen time can interfere with activities such as being physically active, reading, doing homework, playing with friends, and spending time with family"
Kids who don't want television, cannot join the conversation when other kids are talking about sitcoms or cartoons or other T.V shows.
Shows on National geographic and other educational channels are very informative and help expand a person's general knowledge. [[http://www.der.org/?gclid=CMuU9e3_t6oCFQUb6wodF0Aa5Q]]