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Largest Protestant Denomination Wants Channel One Out of Schools

National Council of Teachers of English Resolution Against Channel One

Channel One Sales Literature To potential advertisers

The Channel One Contract

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Schools That Require Students To Watch Channel One

Stop Federal Funds From Going To Channel One

Channel One Enter the Media Literacy Movement (Steven Manning – Rethinking Schools, Winter 1999)

Eagle Forum’s Channel One Articles

“How to Be Stupid – The Lessons of Channel One” (Mark
Crispin Miller – Extra! May 1997)

A Student’s Web Site Fights Channel One – Ken McNatt

Some Basic Arguments Against Channel One (Stay Free! Magazine)

Sample Board Policy on Advertising in Classrooms

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Urges Schools To Remove Channel One (March 2000)

Channel One Reviewed R-rated Movies for Children

Channel One’s Sex Advice to Children

Captive Kids: A Report on Commercial Pressures on Kids at School (Consumers Union 1998)

How To Cheat On A Book Report By Channel One

Channelone.com – Everything You Don’t Want in A Child’s Web Site

Academy of Pediatrics on “Children, Adolescents, and Advertising”

Overview of Channel One (CorpWatch, 1998)

Harvesting Minds – Roy Fox

Seattle Schools Expel Channel One (November 2001)

The Co-Opting of the Media Literacy Movement

Channel One Online: Advertising Not Educating (Center for Media Education – 1997)

Special Page for Alabama School Board Members

Case Study: Pizitz Middle School

Jefferson County (AL) Schools Waste 23,000 Student Hours A Week Watching Channel One

Video – Ralph Nader – Protest Channel One

Interview at the 2000 Schmio Awards. MediaChannel: What’s the best approach for thinking individuals to counter the advertising industry?
Nader: “As a consumer, reject it in every way. For example, if you see excessive advertising everywhere — on the floors, on the walls, in the store — just go to the manager [and] say you don’t want to shop in a situation like that. If you see too much advertising on television programs, twelve minutes every thirty minutes or fifteen or eighteen minutes, just call up the manager [and] say I am not watching this show anymore. If your child goes to a school that’s cut a deal with Pepsi Cola or Coca-Cola, just object. If you don’t like Channel One that’s being fed into the school systems — a captive student audience with two minutes of junk advertising and the rest MTV-type news — protest to the principal and say this is outrageous. We want twelve minutes for civic education, not to turn children into consumers of junk products like soft drinks that get their cavities going, or underarm deodorants or other kinds of things. This is not education.”

Video – Conservative Arianna Huffington Warns About Channel One

Interview at the 2000 Schmio Awards (opposing the advertising industry’s Clio awards). MediaChannel: Aside from the laughs, what’s the value of something like the Schmios?

AH: “I think it is very important, because advertising has become like Muzak — we don’t even notice it. And yet it has a very evasive effect, especially when it comes to children. And the award that I’m giving tonight is to Commercial Alert [which] has been alerting citizens, parents, anybody who cares, to the fact that our children, when they are the most captive audience in a school, are being exposed to advertising as part of Channel One, as part of ZapMe! — you know, programs that get into schools by giving computers or donating supposedly current affairs time. But the truth is that this is more advertising at a time which is supposed to be sacred, which is suppose to be about learning, about wisdom, and about preparing for life, not about being exposed to more things to buy.”

Public Service
Announcement “Say ‘No’ To Channel One” (August 7, 2001)
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Mobile County, AL students had to listen to the shock rocker Marilyn Manson on Channel One.
More than once.
Students in the Dothan, AL school district were urged repeatedly to see the drug comedy “Dude, Where’s My Car?” Dothan taxpayers helped subsidize a movie that glamourized marijuana usage. Why would Channel One promote a drug movie to kids? (Answer: money) In 2000, Shelby County students didn’t see the raunchy rapper, Sisqo, pushing Pepsi and his music on a classroom TV. Shelby County kicked Channel One out in 1998.

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