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achievement drops sharply for children who watch more than 10 hours
a week of TV, according to the report "Strong Families, Strong
Schools," from the U.S. Department of Education, December 1994.
report stated that three factors—student absenteeism, a variety
of reading material in the home, and excessive TV watching—account
for nearly 90% of the difference in the average performance of 8th graders’
children spend more time watching TV than they do in school, according
to Drs. Sege and Dietz in Pediatrics, October 1994.
12th grade California students who were heavy viewers of TV scored lower
on reading, written expression and math achievement tests than students
who viewed little or no television. (Judith Van Evra, p. 53.)
Carolina fourth graders watch an average of four hours of TV per day,
and 25% of the children watch six hours or more. (1992 Study.)