Scribbit, a mom-blogger in Alaska, wonders why her high school age daughter watches so much TV at school. The daughter watched Enchanted in English class and Ratatouille, The Incredibles, Ice Age and Finding Nemo in German class.
“How many movies do you watch a week?”
She thought a bit, counting up on her fingers and trying to remember. “Oh — I don’t know — five or six, maybe more. We watch TV pretty much every day in at least one class and any time we have a sub they put in movies or something. We watch stuff like Mythbusters a lot and call it chemistry.”
In addition to time-wasting substitutes, the daughter also complained of a P.E. teacher who told students to nap in class and an English teacher who assigned Mary Stewart’s The Crystal Cave, which is about Merlin, in a unit on the Renaissance.
“The projects we did had nothing to do with the Renaissance either — we do a lot of projects, especially group projects. I think it’s because the teacher doesn’t have to do anything to grade it like they would have to do if we actually wrote a paper or took a test. Some kid built a throne out of hockey pucks and hockey sticks and got an A.”
Core Knowledge wonders: Is this credible? Can it really be that bad?
On Kitchen Table Math, Casey T’s son, a freshman in the ultra-academic International Baccalaureate program, watches “3 movies or TV videos a week, max.”
I realize that I come from the filmstrip era, but that seems like an awful lot of screen-watching to me. I can envision watching a movie of Romeo and Juliet while reading the play in English class, but Finding Nemo isn’t a science movie.