Re: Personal copies of videos

Mikebench@aol.com
Mon, 2 Nov 1998 08:37:16 EST

Gary,
I haven't followed all the E-mail on this one, but I usually note yours. There
is a major, major point being missed here about the use of home video in the
classroom. That point has nothing to do with copyright, it has to do with the
goals of education. Almost without exception, videos available in a video
store, are an awful waste of classroom time and purpose. Curricular videos are
produced with what the teacher has to cover within a classroom period. The
length of the curricular video is generally from 10 to 30 minutes, and the
scope and subject of it fit the curriculum. Home videos generally, however
excellent, are not. It is the use of home videos, misguidedly used by teachers
at the building level, frequently because of price, that are misusing
classroom time, teachers, infrastructure costs, and the students themselves.
Mike Solin, President, Benchmark Media