I wrote something I wanted to save, and in searching for a place to put it, discovered 26 uses of "zombie" on my site already, so I will put quotes and links here, soon or someday.
-=- And that's that when people limit tv/games etc they say their kids stare unmoving like zombies, or can't hear them talk, won't stop to go to the toilet etc. these are not things Unschooling parents recognise. -=-
I thought it was going too far, and responded:
If something is REALLY fascinating, extremely engaging, those things might happen. A brand-new video game at an exciting point. A book as good as Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, first time through. A news item on the death of a favorite person.
Meredith Novak, on the benefit of choices:
Best part first:
Because she knows she can say No and be heard, she's better able to decide what's good to watch, based on her own standards. And they're not mind-controlled-zombie standards, they're pretty darned badass standards.Now in context, as a response to someone having written "It depends on what they're watching."
Maybe six months ago my teenage daughter wanted me to watch a particular anime series with her - it's called Kill La Kill. It's one of the more intense formats - really loud and high energy, but also not dubbed so I had to read the screen to follow what was going on. Even then it was kind of hard to follow because the whole thing was a parody of comic and anime tropes - and while I've been learning about those, thanks to my kids, it took me a few episodes to get it, especially because one of the issues it takes on is sexism, and the did it by being over the top sexist.
In February 2012, when a mom said she liked to turn the TV off before eating or playing, Meredith responded:
It's like having an unspoken rule: no multi-tasking—setting people up to have to choose between activities that could, realistically, happen at the same time.
Then I told a story:
Before I had the means to save great writing in public places, there was a discussion about television's alleged ability to turn children into zombies. This was before zombie shows were so popular and "zombie" was pretty passive. They meant kids would zone out and their brains would turn off. "They" were wrong.
The people in the discussion were homeschooling, not necessarily unschooling, beause it was a long time ago, but one mom said that when her kids watched TV they just SAT there.
REALLY!? I said because MY kids jump up and dance, and they were watching The Sound of Music, again, and rewinding the parts they liked, and singing along. I reported this because it was happening, and it was what I was accustomed to seeing, in my children.
The other mom in one of the WORST MOVES EVER in the history of debate said something like "Well at OUR house people are expected to watch quietly and not disturb others."
What the everlasting WTF!? At her house, kids weren't allowed to get up and dance or rewind, so she first implied that my kids and my house were rude and unruly, but that point was lost in the grand explosion that was her unwitting admission of WHY her kids just sat there when they watched TV.
If a family is looking for rules and passivity, they can create a lifetime of it. If a family wants joy and learning, the creation is a bit more difficult and unusual but doable!
Don't even think about "yeah but"ting me about "Screentime" unless you're ready to make a similar case against cloth time, paper time or door time.
Many more tales of recovery from the irrational fear of TV are here: SandraDodd.com/tv
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