Thursday, April 03, 2008

Editor's Easy Chair

How little has change over the past 96 years. In the article "Editor's Easy Chair", the author writes,
"children would rather give ten cents of their parent's money to go and look idly on a succession of fictitious and largely impossible events as portrayed on the white curtain of the theater than come to school".

The author goes on to propose that children would be more eager to learn if movies wer educational and shown in schools. He says it would be easier for children to learn when they no longer have to guess about events and answers, instead they can just look at photos and shows of actual events and "know". In essence, he is saying that movies will replace "learning" with "knowing".

While this is great, in theory, time has shown us that this is probably not true. He has a point that seeing something (a WWII battle, for example) enhances a persons understanding of an event, but cannot replace the knowledge someone would gain from studying the history behind an event. Although the internet, video camaeras and picture phones make this idea more of a reality than it was 100 years ago; I think movies do more to distract people from learning then they contribute to it.


At 8:15 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post.

Movies were competing for the minds of our children and many people were concerned that education could not compete with the allure of the moving image. The answer seemed obvious: If you can't beat'em, join'em. Use the movies as a tool of mass education to shape the minds of youth.


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