Educational Television and the Public Interest
Challenge of New Medium to Education
Action by the Federal Communications Commission after public hearings scheduled for the second week in July may have profound effects on the future of American education. On the basis of testimony presented at the hearings, the commission will decide whether to go ahead with its present plan to lift the two-year “freeze” on new television stations and allocate about 10 per cent of the proposed additional TV channels for use by noncommercial educational stations.
Most educators agree with F.C.C. Commissioner Frieda Hennock that “television can bring about as great an expansion and revitalization of education as did the development of printing in the early days of the Renaissance.” Many doubt, however, that 10 per cent ...