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Some Basic Arguments Against Channel One

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Channel One disproportionately takes advantage of low-income schools, exacerbating unequal education in the United States.

Those schools that can afford to say no to the program, do. Channel One is twice as likely to be found in low-income schools. And as the number of African-American students in a school increases, so does the likelihood that the school will have Channel One.

Taxpayers pay Channel One, while it is not accountable to them.

Channel One's "free" equipment is actually quite expensive to the public. It costs the public six full days of learning time each year, one of which is consumed by commercials alone. While taxpayers pay for Channel One, parents are generally unable to review the program for age and content appropriateness. A parent in Texas almost had to sue his school district to secure a Channel One tape library for follow-up review of the program. Furthermore, taxpayers are not allowed access to lists of schools which use Channel One, as it's deemed "proprietary trade secret information."

Channel One exists to advertise, not to educate.

Channel One was conceived and designed to capture the youth market, not to educate students about current events. The promotional literature Channel One sends to advertisers, therefore, is quite unlike that which it sends to the education community. One of the reasons Channel One works for advertisers is that schools lend legitimacy to its ads. Students believe that if Channel One wasn't good for them, it wouldn't be in their schools.

Channel One is not educationally effective.

Channel One often cites its effectiveness in teaching current events. Academic research, however, including Channel One's own study, clearly shows that Channel One only has educational value when teachers integrate the program into their daily lesson plan . And this is not a widespread practice. What does the research show that Channel One does teach? Advertising. Students who watch remember the ads and think they are backed by the school and/or their teachers.


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Copyright 2008, by the Contributing Authors. Cite/attribute Resource . factcouraud. (2007, May 22). Some Basic Arguments Against Channel One. Retrieved January 08, 2011, from Free Online Course Materials — USU OpenCourseWare Web site: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons License