Yes, I think watching educational TV show is much more useful than reading books that are not meant for education but for fun, Like Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings. . . Don't get me wrong, I love these books but not much knowledge you can get from reading them ( only vocabulary), However watching Discovery channel and National Geographic taught me various things
Watching television is benefical to people who have either audio or visual way of learning. Watching television ( for example a story ) is better as it helps to create emotional feeling and helps to make readers understand better with the images and the sound, the tone which is essential for students doing literature. Some people may feel reading book kind of boring or even too wordly especially for teenagers who not many of them like reading nowadays. It all depend on the author himself. As a student, it is essential to find something that they need to know fast and less time consuming.
Watching television is easily available online with the help of modern technology whereas finding a book is troublesome as one need to go to a library or a bookstore to find a suitable book. Just take a example, student is studying for a exam that is coming up very soon, do you think watching a clip of the subject help or reading a thick notebook of the subject help?
I'm only a thirteen year old and i don't study while I'm supposed to be studying I'm watching tv and or playing video game or youtube and after play my games or watching youtube or tv i tend to pick up new vocab words and learn new facts like after watching a video on youtube i learned that plasma makes up most of the universe and is what the sun is an thats after watching a video on how to do a kamehameha in real life i also learned that the sun feeds of hydrogen
On television, you only hear what someone is telling you, and it is only one source. If you went to a library and got (for sake of example) 5 books on a topic you wanted to learn about by various authors with different opinions, then you are free to make your own conclusion about the topic.
Videos, books, ebooks, audiobooks, slideshows, pictures.... Each learning method is improtant, and good for learning, depending on the person's needs. None is more superior than the other, and should be eliminated, as they all are good for learning.
It is like saying helium balloons are way better than balloons filled with air.
The stimulation given from reading in many aspects from learning language, writing styles, new words, and the use of imagination is not even remotely used in the act of watching television.
Television is storylines played out in full, in visual of the watcher, for them to see. They have to use no concepts of imagination or critical thinking, because it all is placed in front of their eyes. Where as books cause the mind to imagine, consume new words and sentence structures. It causes the person to internally ask questions, even almost to the point of the unconscious, regarding what is being read. That does not happen in television watching unless it be picked of certain specific educational television shows that are specifically compiled in a way that will do this. The majority of television does no such thing. Not even mentioning that reading engages completely different parts of the brain. And the parts it does are stimulated more when reading than watching a visual on a screen.
Steve Jobs had children. There was one rule in his house . . . "No iPads." As he said, "Using an iPad stops the stimulation of creativity received from books and writing."
No, television does not take the place for educational purposes of reading.