goose, on 17 April 2013 - 10:55 PM, said:
substancewithoutstyle, on 11 April 2013 - 08:36 PM, said:
The fact that these kids aren't reading particularly sophisticated material isn't really important. The act of reading itself is preferable to sitting passively in front of a television.
Disagree here. Reading garbage is of less value than watching quality televised content. I believe a kid gets more out of a good History channel program than reading Twilight.
"Film as text".
I wouldn't argue that watching an educational television program is a better choice than reading a bad book, but generally speaking reading is a more productive use of time than watching television. It's a more mentally challenging activity and helps develop writing and concentration skills.