Re: Personal copies of videos

Randy Pitman (
Mon, 2 Nov 1998 12:11:20 -0800

>Home videos generally, however
>excellent, are not. It is the use of home videos, misguidedly used by
>at the building level, frequently because of price, that are misusing
>classroom time, teachers, infrastructure costs, and the students
>Mike Solin, President, Benchmark Media

There seems to be an erroneous assumption here: namely, high price = quality
curriculum materials. I don't think that's true. Library Video Company's
excellent curriculum-based series ("The United States History Video
Collection," to single out one among many) include titles individually
priced from $19.95-$39.95). Too, PBS Home Video titles are often priced
between $19.95-$29.95 and I, frankly, doubt that programming gets much
better than that, regardless of how many extra dollars are tacked on.
Numerous excellent programs are available at higher prices as well (I'm not
arguing that), but let's not mistakenly define the video landscape as if it
were still 1986 and the only two non-fiction choices available on home video
were Jane Fonda and Jack Nicklaus.

Randy Pitman
Video Librarian
8705 Honeycomb Ct. NW
Seabeck, WA 98380
Tel: (800) 692-2270