Replacing the parent
IN THE latest round of the unending debate on the effects of television on children, a British report states middle-class primary school beginners are unable. to read because they cannot speak properly. This, says Jackie Miller of the Professional Association of Teachers, is because parents do not talk much with their children. "We have kids with their own computer, VCR and personal stereo, but without a mum or dad who talks to them," she explains.