The Negative Impact of Television on Education Television is a pervasive and complex part of children's lives, there are many factors that affect how much and what they view.
Television does not encourage children to go to school but also affects their cognitive and social development.
Neil Postman continues on with his idea on how children should learn.
Postman disagrees with this, saying that “What is referred to as ‘integrating three media’ or a ‘multimedia presentation’ was once called ‘audio-visual aids,’ used by teachers for years.” (FIAW pg.427) Postman is saying that these officials are changing the words around to sell the show as “beneficial,” and ultimately make a profit.
Postman makes an appeal to ethos by mentioning a whole slew of scholars who conducted a study that proved the opposite of what the Department of Education was telling everyone.
Children are sometimes attached to the television for it’s entertainment value.
This attachment got it’s roots in 1969, when the first episode of sesame street aired on television.
It is not what they are learning, since television shows can all be educational, it is how you learn it that is important.
By watching television, the children are only expected to play a viewer role, while not realizing the familiarity of their role as a student in a classroom.
He explains the ways in which the media is changing the way our children are learning.
Neil Postman starts off by explaining how television is being used as an attractive and seductive medium to make children to like school with shows such as Sesame Street.