While You Weren’t Looking the T.V. Claimed Your Child

T.V. and Your Child



It is often assumed by parents and even some educationalists that T.V. is harmless. Try convincing them, and they will reject the idea head on. I once had an ongoing ‘debate’ on the issue with a teacher’s assistant, whose only solace at the end of the day, was to have all the children sat in front of a large T.V. screen, with programs they liked. She assumed that they remained quiet and obedient because of the T.V. and with time, and my alternative activities she discovered that it was not the T.V.

These children were highly intelligent, and despite watching their favorite porgrams, they would find a way to leave for the more engaging activities thay were made available.

Everyday at the end of the day, this would continue, but the noise level, and ensuing fights escalated with eavch day, until one day I pulled the plug!

Time stood still, and complete silence and calm descended on the classroom, and the chidren were ready to be organized into more engaging activities.

A process of denial followed, and with it more disobedient children.

One day, the teacher’s assistant faced the reality that the childrens’s behavior was excessively aggressive, violent, and disruptive. She became aware that their behavior was not congruent with their social, and cultural environment, and asked:

“Where do they get that behavior from?”

With one word I answered:

“The T.V.”

And then I added:

“Videos, play stations, vidoe games etc.”

Now she believed!

The T.V. becomes the child’s world, which is vacant of the parents, their primary educationalists. So children learn to answer to the ideas portrayed on T.V. in their lives, and not to answer to those who are not present in their lives because they are too busy i.e. the parents, educationalists.

Also, T.V., video games etc wires the brain to the extent, that such a child cannot learn from the same learning environment that their parents learned from. They must be entertained because the hormone dopamine, has been programmed by the T.V., video games etc. Their minds become addicted to digitial imput, and loses attention quickly with anythign that involves more time, and more thinking. That right, they have lost their own ability to think, their own imagination, and the social skills that cna only be learned from real life experience.

A confrontation ensues between what they have been programmed to be by media, and the information that is directed at them like a full on asssault. But this is where the two sides of the confrontation comes full circle, becuase what will get their attention, are the tools of natural learning, visual, touch, and movement!  If we are not talking about schooling, but education, these basic tools are the means by which a child becomes who they are, self directed learners, and they learn faster and more comprehensively that way.

Unfortunately, education is not education, drawing the potential out, but schooling, a violent assualt on the child’s mind to absorb without experience, or even involvement in the learnigng process. For thos developing countries that take on curricuclum packages from the U.S. and the U.K. in the main,  as a solution, the solution is not in the package which is a part of foreign policy, but in the fertile minds of the child whom we have learnt not to trust.

We have a generation of very intelligent children,  and using their natural learning processes it will not take long to discover that all children have the capacity to learn!

“The Student’s Prayer”

By Umberto Maturana (Chilean biologist)

Show me so that I can stand
On your shoulders.
Reveal yourself so that I can be
Something different.

Don’t impose on me what you know,
I want to explore the unknown
And be the source of my own discoveries.
Let the known be my liberation, not my slavery.

The world of your truth can be my limitation;
your wisdom my negation.
Don’t instruct me; let’s walk together.
Let my riches begin where yours ends.
Show me so that I can stand
on your shoulders.
Reveal yourself so that I can be
something different.
You believe that every human being
can love and create.
I understand, then, your fear
when I ask you to live according to your wisdom.
You will not know who I am
by listening to yourself.
Don’t instruct me; let me be.
Your failure is that I be identical to you.


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