Television the great educator: a burden on our schools?

February 8, 1964.

February 8, 1964.

Last week when it was announced that television was to become a teaching medium, or a help in that respect, many people raised their eyebrows and said that educational authorities had enough to do without coping with the new medium.

The thoughts were that TV would take over from the individual teachers. Various opinions were expressed as to the need for such an adventure into the realms of education when occasional films of an instructive nature would suffice.

The problems posed were multiple, especially in the senior schools where it would be almost impossible to correlate every aspect of teaching.

What with the big number of examinations, added to the fact that the medium would only be accepted as entertainment by a large number of pupils instead of material for serious study, it would also hinder to a great extent the teaching of the “not too brilliant” pupils in most classes, and most important still, it would become an added burden on the teachers who would have to meet, as they usually do, certain specified standards.

There is no crib about television as a medium, but the objection would be against it being used indiscriminately for the purpose of education in school.

It was stated that the proposed programming would be self-supporting, but it would be more worthwhile if Telefis Eireann concentrated on giving better value for adults and leave education in the hands of professionals.