Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Changing Paradigms

In Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death, he makes the point, in chapter 10, that television shows like Sesame Street place an emphasis on entertainment and not learning, despite its claim to be an educational show. He says, “If the classroom now begins to seems a stale and flat environment for learning, the inventors of television itself are to blame, not the Children’s Television Network” (143). While Postman’s argument was written in 1985, it reminds me of the “Changing Paradigms” TED talk by Ken Robinson. In his Ted talk, Robinson argues that kids today are raised in the most stimulating environment in the history of the world, but adults become frustrated when they can’t sit through a school day without paying attention. “School is boring,” he says. So, to correct the problem many parents drug their kids with ADHD medicine. He continues on this line for a good minute. While both the arguments, Postman’s and Robinson’s, make assumptions (as Margo points out) and are written 25 years a part, I find it interesting how similar they are. Here’s the link to the “Changing Paradigms” TED talk, if you are interested. I use it in my Eng. 103 class.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Kat. I love TED talks, especially ones I can use in class.