Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People learn more by watching television than by reading books.
There are lots of people who still enjoy reading books. However, when it comes to education, television has much more to offer people and therefore enables them to learn more than they would by reading books.
People learn more when they are interested in what they are doing. Television, therefore, is a much better learning tool than books because it is more interesting and not boring. For instance, there are countless educational programs on television that are devoted to teaching children. Children can learn about history, language, culture, and many other topics. Those TV programs present the information in formats which are guaranteed to keep children's attention. Television thus provides colorful and stimulating ways for children to learn.
While books can describe things, television can actually show the places and things that are being described. This is one reason why so many people enjoy watching documentaries on television.I love watching documentaries on television.I love watching documentaries on science and nature, especially when they cover topics that I learned at school. Since I like to learn through visual methods, documentaries can explain things to me much more clearly than my school textbooks ever could. Thanks to documentaries,I have improved my knowledge base tremendously.
Finally, people are looking for more than just entertainment from television nowadays, so they often use it as an educational source. This has caused many channels specifically geared towards education to be established. My family loves watching the Learning Channel and the History Channel. The programs aired on these channels are well made, accurate, and visually stimulating. I have found that I have learned so much just by staying home and watching these channels all day long.
In summary,I feel that television is a much better learning tool than books because it can help children learn, it shows many excellent documentaries, and it even has specialized educational channels. Books are nice, but when I really want to learn, I turn to my television.
The popularity of documentaries and educational channels on television is rising these days. However, when I really feel like learning about something,I turn off the television and start reading a book on that subject.
For one thing, books are more trustworthy since they are typically only published after having been fact-checked, reviewed, and edited multiple times. This makes them the opposite of television programs, which are often focused solely on entertaining, not educating.I have noticed that many documentaries on TV only present one side of an argument or omit various facts while describing something. Meanwhile, books typically present all sides of an argument or at least are factually correct. This makes books much more educational than television programs.
There are also a limited number of TV programs and documentaries while the number of books in the world is astronomical. This means that books provide more access to information than TV ever could. After I watch documentaries on TV, I never consider myself an expert on a topic. However, by reading five, ten, or even twenty books on a topic, I can gain a more thorough, deeper understanding of the topic and truly become an expert. When I really want to learn,I head to my local library.
There are fewer space limitations in books while TV programs can only give some information in a limited amount of time. This makes most of the information given on TV to be of the superficial kind. My class watched a 30-minute-long documentary on volcanoes the other day. While the pictures and films were nice, I did not really get but basic knowledge of volcanoes because the documentary was too short to provide enough information about volcanoes. When I read one book on them, I learned much more than I did from watching that video. Books definitely have more information than documentaries do.
It should be apparent that television lags behind books as an educational tool since books are more trustworthy, are more abundant in number, and contain more information. Books have been around for a long time, and they will continue to be here in the future. Nothing will replace books as our main learning tools.