NBC and CBS both touched on the education beat. CBS chose the young end, looking at the vexed question of whether children are assigned too much homework. John Blackstone profiled one San Francisco Bay Area grade school that has banned all home study except for reading. He suggested the pro-homework ten-minute rule of thumb: ten minutes a night in first grade, 20 minutes in second grade and so on. But for those children in Menlo Park, "that rule is old school."
For NBC's closer, Bob Faw's hook was a survey of 16,000 college students that found they are "more narcissistic and self-centered than previous generations." But the focus of his report was to criticize online media for fostering such attitudes. He cited the egocentric title of MySpace and YouTube's slogan Broadcast Yourself and offered this caricature of YouTube content: "If it happens to me it must be important to share with someone, with anyone, everyone."
Is it narcissism that Faw is worried about--or the youthful competition?
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