I Refuse to Feel Bad About Letting My Children Watch TV, writes Mike Petrilli in The Atlantic. And he’s not just talking about educational fare.
Currently it’s all about Legos in our house, and not the building-block variety. Ninjago. The Legends of Chima. Mr. Rogers these are not.
But these programs offer something valuable nonetheless. Many of them portray valor, heroism, and bravery, all within story lines akin to the world’s great epics. I’m particularly smitten with Star Wars—a child of the ‘70s am I—which, I think, deserves its place in the panoply of great epics right along with the Iliad and the Odyssey, or more recent creations such as the Lord of the Rings.
An introduction to epics via pop culture will prepare his sons to read The Odyssey some day, he believes.
And there’s another thing: “Frankly, I don’t want either of my sons to be that kid, the one who can’t carry on a conversation about Star Wars, or Wii, or the NFL, on the playground.”