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To Watch or Not To Watch In the 1950s only 10 of American homes had a television By 1960s the percentage had grown to 90 states Matt Richtels article in The New York Times Televisions video games and computers dominate todays marketplace Over the next eighteen to twenty four months consumers will be barraged with a host of gadgets and media outlets attempting to redefine television the web and leisure time states James Karney in this years April issue of The Internet World Magazine Cable operators television networks and video game publishers target children and their parents as part of the consumer base Today 99 of homes in America have a television more families own a television than a phoneRichtel NYT In the new millennium the children are going to be targeted with more electronic media than ever in history Children will not be able to escape electronic media and in the future may be drawn more and more toward it The media world in the new millennium may be wonderful in many ways but it worsens traditional education If children spend their time watching TV and playing video games they are not spending any time reading and writing Statistics that were collected by the U S National Center for Educational StatisticsNCES show that student achievements in both reading and writing have been declining in the past few years The NCES 1998 Report CardWriting states that 16 of fourth and eighth graders and almost 22 of twelfth graders have not mastered the basic writing skillsNCES March 1999 The NCES 1998 Report CardReading shows that no more than 40 of students in grades four to twelve achieved the proficient level of reading Only 7 of fourth graders 3 of eighth graders and 6 of twelfth graders could read at the advanced level NCES March 1999 A typical American student is not a proficient writer Instead students show only partial mastery of the knowledge
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