Do you believe it’s better for children to learn from books or from TV? Now, before you say it’s BETTER to learn from school (home, private, or public), I’m not saying that either books or TV should be a child’s PRIMARY source of learning. I’m simply asking which of these two do YOU believe is better? Comment below with your answer.
I’ll admit, when my children were young (birth to around 6), I didn’t let them watch shows like Sponge Bob. Never mind the “entertainment” value, I didn’t believe these types of shows taught my children anything. And, since it’s said their minds are like sponges at that age, I wanted to take advantage of prime learning opportunities. When they watched television, I loaded them up with shows like Dora and Diego, Blues Clues, Super Why!, and Bubble Guppies. Other shows like Reading Rainbow, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, Sesame Street and, my personal favorite, The Magic School Bus often found a playtime as well. But certainly not the Aeon Flux, Beavis and Butthead, or Ren and Stimpy type shows I remember watching while growing up.
With that said, while I believe there is plenty of learning to be had from television, I do think it’s a passive form of entertainment and comes in second to reading. Reading, on the other hand, actively engages the mind, which in turn bolsters the possibility of retaining what’s learned. But, that’s my opinion. What’s yours?