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|From: Sue Conklin (sconklinVinton.COM)|
|Date: Fri, 11 Apr 1997 11:19:45 -0500|
cohousing-l [at] freedom.mtn.orgDate: Fri, 11 Apr 1997 08:35:19 -0500 Reply-To: sconklin [at] vinton.com Originator: cohousing-l Sender: cohousing-l [at] freedom.mtn.org Precedence: bulk From: Sue Conklin <cohousing-l [at] freedom.mtn.org> Subject: COHOUSING & TV X-Comment: Developing cohousing - collaborative housing communities Gee, I thought maybe the homeschoolers had something there with having television at their disposal. I know there is a feeling attached with "I never watch televison" I get the same kick being able to say "i never pierced my ears", but I find Sesame Street invaluable. I find NOVA extremely informational and educational, I love Austin City Limits which allows me to see live bands perform at no expense and with a far better view than I would ever get at a live concert (and with less ear discomfort and clostraphobia). I don't think bashing television is productive. There are a number of shows out there that if parents would use them, can stimulate discussions with their children about drugs, teen sex, safe sex, gay pride, teen relationships, etc. Televison is how we use it, and if we, as a society would get pro-active with television instead of ostrich-like, or worse yet, scared rabbit like, we could change that which is on television and start using it for what it could be. I'm not saying watch it all the time, filter as we do our movies. But we've just for too long felt we had no say about television and are throwing the baby out with the bathwater. We should have been more active in the 50s (or our parents should have been) to demand the kinds of programs which are actually very useful, educational and worth watching in groups, stimulating thought, discussion and creativity. It's not the medium, and I think it can be very good. It's how we as individuals choose to use or not use it. Instead of plopping a child down in front of it to watch Sesame Street, many parents have sat with their child and discussed what big Bird was saying, counting with the child. and these children have entered schools far advanced and ready to learn. Perhaps the homeschoolers are using television in intelligent and creative ways others haven't thought could be done.
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