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Television as Teacher is an essay written by Neil Postman who has written many books on the effects of aspects of popular culture on children In his essay he asserts that television is not a tool in education and it actually causing the third great crisis in Western education Postman paragraph 7 Postman uses Sesame Street as his major example of educational television that he believes to be the problem with modern education However he does believe that all education is masquerading as something that it is not educational Sesame Street and other educational television shows are not teaching children to love learning but are teaching them to love television Postman paragraph 5 This means that television is actually the worst tool in learning because children are not focused on learning they are focused on the continual flash of colors images and lights The author ascertains that television is competing and winning against the classroom Postman claims that there are 3 elements of television that are present in all shows from Sesame Street to MTV No prerequisites no perplexing of the audience and no exposition This means that no one needs to actively try to understand what it going on While some studies claim that learning is better retained when the information is presented in a dramatic setting only 35 percent of viewers were able to answer successfully twelve truefalse questions Postman paragraph 19 The last issue that Postman finds with educational television is that educational shows are often not made for their value but for television which implies that only televisable material would be created Only the lessons that can be easily translated to the screen will be created and all other lessons will be taught if we move to all television education
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