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The Idiot Box by Michael Elyanow. As the artifice of their lives unravels, each character discovers powerful truths about race, love, sexuality and the America outside they never knew existed - resulting in a theatrical experience that, according to The Hollywood Reporter, "is a glittering absurdist farce Get A Copy.
As the brainchild of fourth-year student Rich Pannullo, The Idiot Box came from a longing to still participate in the improv scene, despite not initially being accepted into more professional troupes like IMPROVment in his sophomore year. Home Delivery. For example, spending longer time in front of the idiot box could affect the longevity and heart health of an individual more than browsing the net at desk. E-mail this article. Countless studies have documented the inverse link between devotion to the boob tube and achievement in school.
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May 09, melody mooney rated it it was ok Shelves: plays. I started off really liking this Play.
I could see where they were going with mimicking the structure of a sitcom but then it took a very dark bitter turn. The part where I got totally turned off is when he was going to 'teach the audience a lesson' about how our lives are meaningless and we are all too scared to embrace the I started off really liking this Play. The part where I got totally turned off is when he was going to 'teach the audience a lesson' about how our lives are meaningless and we are all too scared to embrace the horrors of real life so we medicate ourselves with creature comforts and familiar surroundings.
I find myself having less and less tolerance for didactic Theater. Sigh, it's too bad because the writing was really good on this one..
Last year, it had reached 41 percent. Across countries that take part in the Programme of International Student Assessment PISA , children who use computers more intensively do worse on tests. One Laptop Per Child, which distributes cheap computers in developing countries, has been beset by failure. In Peru, they had no impact on math and language test scores. Similar findings emerged in Nepal. Likewise, extending access to broadband in schools in Portugal led to lower grades — although the impact was reduced if YouTube was blocked.
There is a simple explanation. T Technology overall can play an important role in education — for instance, in helping to substitute ill-trained, poorly-motivated teachers stuck with outdated curricula in crowded classrooms.
A survey in seven southern African countries found many primary school mathematics teachers who scored lower than their students on the same tests. In unannounced visits to schools in southern India, there was only a 28 percent chance that a teacher would be present and engaged.
The result is hundreds of millions of children are stuck in classes where they are learning little to nothing. Under some circumstances, television can be at least as effective as traditional instruction.
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For the most part, though, television has remained an adjunct in the classroom, rather than a replacement for teachers. But as a more holistic tool for learning outside the classroom, it has had a massive impact — particularly when it serves its primary function to entertain and not educate.
Take Chitrahaar and Rangoli. The effect was particularly noticeable for girls. In the US, children who grew up in areas where the television signal was stronger — and so had better access to Sesame Street — were much less likely to have to repeat a grade in school. In Mexico, viewers of Plaza Sesamo do better in literacy and mathematics tests. As cable access rolled out across India, for example, viewers of all ages started watching shows where comparatively strong women characters had financial and social independence.
Women in villages with cable access reported more power over making decisions and less acceptance of wife beating.
These villages also began to see declining birth rates and rapidly rising school enrollment for girls. Similar effects have been observed around the world. In Brazil, as the Rede Globo channel extended across the country in the s and s, parents began to have fewer children, perhaps mimicking the characters on their favorite soaps.
Recent research in Nigeria finds that areas where the TV signal is stronger see parents wanting fewer children and using contraceptives more, alongside lower rates of female genital cutting. They were also less likely to engage in gambling. When soap opera characters are relatable and believable, audiences begin to associate with them.