More TV bashing.

A popular series of videos targeted at babies and praised by President Bush has been found to be ineffective. A new study has found that Baby Einstein videos actually inhibit learning. Dr. Dimitri Christakis of the University of Washington in Seattle talks with Madeleine Brand.


The study showed a slower rate of language acquisition among children who watched Baby Einstein from 8-16 months. An hour a day spent watching baby DVDs and videos correlated with an average of six to eight fewer words. Reason being that more time spent watching TV means less time spent reading, singing, and playing games.

I don’t care what they say. I still like Baby Einstein products, especially the music CDs* and flash cards. Not necessarily because of what they could teach children, but because they’re soothing and far less stimulating than the average children’s show. And I can’t imagine any parent letting their child watch DVD’s all day. A good mix of activities makes life interesting and fun. Does everything have to be so dang “educational”?!

*I know some people say we should let kids listen to the “real thing” as in classical music performed by a symphony orchestra instead of a kiddified version. To that I say, then what’s the point of music mixes and mash-ups?

Update: On second thought, what’s 6 to 8 fewer words mean exactly? Would that be words like Transformers, Cybertron, Grimlock, Starscream, Megatron, or Unicron? I think we could do without those words but unfortunately, that’s about half of what I hear on a daily basis right now.

via Rice Daddies