Here is an interesting review of the book Everything Bad is Good for You by Steven Johnson. The reviewer, Malcolm Gladwell, questions the effectiveness of homework while defending the position that watching today’s TV shows may actually make you smarter. I can see his point about TV. The better shows being produced today are much better than what was on TV when I was growing up.

(Via Arts & Letters Daily)

Update: A dissenting view on the intellectual merits of TV viewing can be found here. Mr. Scheske’s commentary seems on target (I wish I had thought to write it, actually), and he gets a reference to Tony Orlando and Dawn in there for good measure.