notes on: Alvardo, M. (1979) 'Teaching
Television', Screen Education 31: 25-29.
[This is a review of the dear departed ILEA's
proposal to teach Television Studies in schools,
one of a number of proposals discussed in various
editions of Screen Education.
Alvorado notices the usual critical stance towards
television studies from teachers, who are rather
condescending when thinking of student
competence. The main problems are identified
as fitting television studies into schools, with
their increasing incorporation and modernization
of the curriculum. How can media studies be
kept genuinely oppositional and critical?
There is one marvelous quote:]
'The implication of this argument is, of course
that students can learn to analyze critically one
ideological apparatus of the state (the
broadcasting institutions) from within another
(the education system), and then apply these newly
learnt tools in a reflexive analysis of their own
situation… This is a rather ambitious
project… But nothing wrong in being
more education studies