Educational Television

Aside from being an oxymoron, Educational Television in Canada was once a series of under-funded provincial television semi-networks that offered under-produced programming to elementary and high school teachers too lazy to engage students on their own. For a few years Educational Television looked like it would become the vehicle for a nasty outbreak of long-distance education, but it is now in the process of being closed down and sold off on the grounds that it has been made superfluous by mostly U.S.-based cable network specialty channels. The disappearance of Canada’s public television networks-however goofy some of them were and whatever the budgetary excuses cited–is ideological. It will likely set the cause of Canadian cultural autonomy back fifty years.

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