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Educational Film Causes More Problems Than It Solves


A friend and I were having an interesting chat about educational movies. VHS and DVD players in every classroom obsoleted the ritualistic wheeling in of the 16mm projector, the baffling threading of the film, and the hopelessly outdated movie unspooling before students who only cared about getting out of classwork. The largest boom in producing these films was in the 50's and 60's; the start of the push-button age. Taking inspiration from WWII training films, educators felt that multimedia could offer an essentially push-button solution to any problem, be it technical or emotional.

This is only a short clip from such a film (I don't know if I could stand the whole movie). While the underlying message is surprisingly progressive for the time, the actual application is clinical and just damned odd. If you think that your mother manages to make the occasional inopportune slip-up, just imagine if your mom chose her words and her chattier moments like Madam Emotionally-Barren here...

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