Have you seen the video from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon where he and his guests sing the theme songs from TV shows? I admit to recognizing every single one of them. TV was a big part of my childhood. I’m happy to say it’s not a big part of my kids’ childhood.
A recent article in WORLD noted: “…smart kids who have time to read, rather than sit in a dumbed-down classroom much of the day and watch dumbed-down TV at night, have enormous advantages. A lot depends on parents, but I never found such buoyant love of books among public-schooled students of mine at The University of Texas at Austin.”
There are some great shows on TV but I’d rather have my kids learn about science, history, and literature from a book. Sure, catchy tunes and colorful characters can help kids retain information and even recite it over and over again but are they really learning from educational shows? Perhaps a little but nothing beats hands-on exposure to a topic.
Educational TV programs can help but I think for the most part kids learn better when they’re actively involved in the learning not a spectator.
How about your kids? Do they watch a lot of TV? Wish they watched less? Wish you watched less? Leave a comment below!
And for those of you who want to see the video…