NAEB Newsletter (Sept 1958)

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"MOTHER GOOF'S RHYMES FOR TV TIMES" (Ed. Note: After the recent success of NAEB’s conference on Instructional Uses of TV and Radio, Mrs. Marye D. Benjamin, script editor for the University of Texas’ radio-television department, was stimulated to write “Mother Goofs Rhymes for TV Times.” The following is one of her verses. Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat, where have you been? I’ve been to Purdue to look at a screen. Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat, what did you there? I stepped in a pitfall and stared at a snare . . . Found TV described as a most happy medium For total child care, or relieving the tedium . . . Met qualified praise and considered invective, And suggestions for making TV more effective . . . Heard warnings of “palliative” . . . warnings of “crutch” . . . “It’s used far too little ”... “It’s used far too much!” “It’s better for this!” . . . “We prefer it for that!” “But what does it do for the whole Pussy Cat?” Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat, what can it do? It can show you the man who feeds birds at the zoo . . . It can open your eyes with a dull razor blade . . . And show you the “humor” of which they are made . . . Or show you how Eskimo games would be played. It can spark “Fun with French” or with some other tongue* Or quite firmly entrench concepts bad for the young. You can do a good job with TV ... or a poor one . . . The one kind of job you can’t do is a sure one, (For we’ve special conditions and differing needs, And criteria skittish as cantaloupe seeds. And bubbling with apathy, fired with inertia, The insecure few who will fear ya and curse ya.) It can predigest fact for sheer regurgitation, But to have children act, it needs utilization. Like a child, some attest, TV’s fraught with poten¬ tial . . . But to get at its best, a good teacher’s essential. Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat, why aren’t you here? To accomplish the aims education contrives, They’ll need a consultant with nine or more lives! * Your own, for example. Put it in your cheek and see how much more fun you have. FCC AUTHORIZES INTERCITY TV RELAY: TO BENEFIT ETV A liberalized policy for private intercity TV relay systems was approved last month by the FCC, making possible the establishment of more local or regional networks. In the ruling, special mention was made of the benefit to educational TV systems affected by this policy change. The previous policy was revised so as to permit the use of a station’s own private television intercity relay facilities or to allow a station to obtain trans¬ mission service from communications common car¬ riers. The station would be prohibited, however, from making a direct interconnection with common carrier facilities. (See TV Technical Tips, page 7.) —N A E B— Further FCC action recently includes the transfer of one construction permit from commercial to educa¬ tional use, and two other grants for educational sta¬ tion construction permits. The transferred permit for Channel 25 went to the Independent School District of Oklahoma County. Permits were also granted to Sacramento, Calif, for Channel 6 and to Dallas, Tex. for Channel 13. 4 NEWSLETTER