Plopping your child down in front of the TV will not make your kid smart. Also, rubes, while I’m doling out parenting advice, putting diet Coke in your kids’ sippy cup won’t make him fit. And, and, giving him those new “smoke-free” cigarettes will not build healthy lungs.
It has recently been reported that “Baby Einstein” videos don’t make babies into Einsteins. In a related story, it has been reported that sometimes ‘twin lobsters’ aren’t even related.
Yes, rubes, as implausible as it seems it is true that if you want your kid to read, you have to sit down with him, turn off the TV and read. Let me double back on a step there, you’re going to have to shut the TV off. Yeah, it’s that big button on the top of you remote. Trust me, you’ll be able to turn it on before “Dancing with the Stars” is over.
About a year ago there was a similar report that said that due to the depth of story and sheer volume of characters on modern TV versus earlier decades people were actually developing brain density from watching shows like “The Sopranos” or “The Wire”.
You can misconstrue this in whatever way you see fit but to my reading even that doesn’t say that watching TV is making people smarter, it says that watching alot of TV makes someone a better watcher of TV.
Which stands to reason, muscles become stronger with use. Like your reading muscles become stronger as you read more. Or, rubes, an example to which you can relate, if you sit watching videos all day, you will be getting better at…(go ahead, you can do it)…become conditioned to watch videos all day.
So, dear rubes, I hope this has been helpful to you in your child-rearing. I wrote as slowly as I could knowing you can’t read that quickly. Do yourself (and your progeny) and read your kid the 18 lines of “Where the Wild Things Are” before putting the DVD on a loop while you order Dominos.
Besides, the only people dumber than those expecting TV to educate their kids are those expecting the schools to do it.