Why Schools Are Dropping Channel One.

June 26, 2010

This clip picks up after two brief headlines that take a minute each Channel One’s Shelby Holliday gives a “teaser” for a NASCAR story after the commercial break.

Ms. Holliday knows there is no need for a “teaser” since schools are contractually required to show the controversial Channel One News program to the captive audience of students. Students have no choice. Channel One is called Channel One because it’s a play on “One Channel.” That’s why advertisers like it so much – no student can change the channel. They have to watch Ms. Holliday no matter how good or bad she is and the commercials have no competition.

First there is an inappropriate plug for the age-inappropriate TV show “Pretty Little LIars” (another Alloy product), BTW this violates Channel One’s own published news standards but these type of celebrity plugs dominate this classroom TV show.

Then Joe Bonamassa again prostitutes himself to promote various artists on record labels that are paid advertisers on C1.

Then there is a military recruitment ad. These recruitment commercials are powerful films that seen over and over again can have a great impact on the thinking of young people especially because Channel One News is found disproportionately in schools in lower-income communities.
Channel One News is rarely seen in suburban schools with large amounts of resources.

The irony is that Channel One robs students of up to seven weeks of instructional school time if the program is shown according the the contract. That means that the mere act of watching this commercial TV show for one hour a week for seven years will keep many students from graduating and therefore they may begin thinking of the military as an alternative to college.

The teen NASCAR driver story is a waste of school time. There is no hard news in this story. There is no information that will help students on their achievement tests. This is just a human interest story that is filler for this faux news show. We only show the first part of this NASCAR teen story but it lasts 3 minutes and 28 seconds. It is the longest feature on this May 12, 2010 program.

Parents and other taxpayers have little to no idea taxpayer-funded school time is being wasted in this manner.
From Wikipedia:

Ashley Benson portrays Hanna Marin, who becomes the Queen Bee after Alison’s disappearance, and distances herself from the others to gain popularity. When she was younger, she was fat, and lost weight to fit in and become popular. Alison usually reminded her to limit her food from time to time, creating a strained friendship. At the Rosewood Mall, Hanna steals a pair of sunglasses and presumably gets away with it, until later that night when the police come to her house and interrupt dinner with her mother, and soon the two are taken to the police station where Hanna’s mother tells her she will sort it out. Later, her mother is seen kissing the police officer before taking him to her bed. The police officer then makes himself home at Hanna’s house, interrogating her more than the other girls. Hanna’s boyfriend, Sean, also withdraws from having sex with Hanna, which Hanna gets her revenge by crashing his car.

Originally developed as a television series by book packaging company Alloy Entertainment, the idea was described as “Desperate Housewives for teens.”[3] Alloy met with author Shepard, and gave her the property to develop into a book series.[3] With Alloy and Warner Horizon interested in producing a Pretty Little Liars television series for years, it was first planned for The WB in 2005 with a different writer until the network shutdown in early 2006.[4] The first novel was published by HarperTeen in October 2006.[5] In June 2008, Alloy noted that it was developing a Pretty Little Liars television pilot forABC Family.[3] The novels are being adapted for television by Marlene King.[4]

‘Pretty Little Liars’: Toby Cavanaugh, Alison’s bracelet, Emily and Maya’s kiss

By Andrea Reiher  (Zap2it.com)

June 22, 2010 10:02 PM ET

Things are really getting juicy on“Pretty Little Liars,”aren’t they? From the opening text — “Heads up, BFFs. It’s open season on liars and I’m hunting.” — to the final frame where a mysterious thief is going to “out”Emily and Maya, the OMG moments were coming fast and furious in “To Kill a Mocking Girl.”

So what’s the deal with Toby Cavanaugh? Apparently Alison had some serious dirt on him because he took the fall for Ali’s little arson that left his step-sister Jenna blind. But has he always had such a thing for Emily? He rode to her rescue like a knight in shining armor.

Speaking of Emily, Maya made her big move in the photobooth at the party. Who do you suppose snuck by and took the photostrip? And then blew up the pictures for all the world to see? If she weren’t blind, we’d say Jenna.

Last but certainly not least — how creepy was Alison‘s bracelet, just laying there amongst the leaves and dirt? Talk about an unfriendly reminder of what may have happened to her.

Other random thoughts —

  • We love Ashley kicking Officer Hottie out of the house once she catches him spying on Hanna.
  • What is up with Spencer stealing the term paper? Oh, Spencer. We expect better from you.
  • Aria and Mr. Fitz’s romance is blooming along nicely, but raise your hand if you thought he had a woman in his apartment when she stopped by?
  • Speaking of Aria, how much do you want to punch Meredith in the face?

What do you think, Liars? Good episode? We think it’s the best one yet.

– A

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