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May 14, 2011 8:21 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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Thank you all for reading the article and sharing your thoughts.
One of the main points that Mr. Phil is trying to make is this quote: "watch quite a bit of TV so they could learn science (and stay out of her hair)". It is the last part he wants parents to be honest about - often parents allow or even encourage their children to watch TV or play video games to get them out of their way, not to be educational. The other point, of course, is that plenty of people throughout history made incredible discoveries and contributions without one bit of television, and possibly the lack of TV (or at least extensive watching of it) allowed them to explore the real world even more thoroughly and develop their own unique artistic or scientific styles and minds.
I agree that there are many possibly educational and fun things that can be had from videos that would not be possible otherwise. I will probably never see the migration of the wildebeests in person, or explore the jungles of the central Amazon, but thanks to others that have and recorded it I can still learn some about events or areas I otherwise would never experience. However, it is done at the pace of the people making the video, showing what they consider worth showing. If this is read in a book, the reader can go at their own pace and spend more time on the parts of their choosing. The content is still to some extent up to the author, but many times I have noticed things in a photo that were not part of the main subject or emphasis, whereas videos go buy much too fast for that, flitting from image to image before any real in-depth examination can be had. Scientific journal articles are an excellent example of scientific endeavours that I hope are never relegated to videos, as the thoroughness needed to really delve into a subject can never be achieved in a 30 minute show interrupted with commercials. True concentration on a topic I don't think can ever be learned from television, and the producers know that catering to the attention span of a 10 year old sells, instead of encouraging longer attention spans. There is also absolutely no substitute for experiencing learning in real life, out in the middle of it all. There is also the need to have physical involvement in the world and be active. My son is learning a great deal more by being outside and checking out whatever he chooses instead of what is shown on a video.
Watch the old nature videos sometime, and notice the difference between them and what is on now; it was startling to me how the older shows actually held images for extended periods without jumping from view to view, allowing me to actually see the background and notice many other aspects of the show. At this point in my own personal experience, I prefer to read instead of watch the video unless the video shows images not otherwise available. Even then, I will often read about something else anyway.
Please continue your thoughts, but remember to keep it civil and respectful.
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