Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? People learn more by watching television than by reading books. Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.

People must be encouraged to read books. However, I believe that compared to reading books, people learn more from watching television. I feel this way for two reasons, which I will explore in the following essay. First of all, I feel that watching television is more interesting and less boring than reading books. There are pictures and sounds on television, which make television more attractive and more effective, and both of these factors increase attention and thus learning. The experience I have had personally illustrates this well. I have a ten-year-old sister. She is always bored with reading books. As a consequence, she reads them carelessly and does not learn much from them. On the other hand, she is fond of watching scientific programs on TV. She watches it carefully and pays attention to every detail. As a result, she can remember the content of the programs well and she has learned lots of things by watching television. Besides, TV provides visual and auditory stimulation. Most people learn and remember better by seeing and hearing. When people are using their eyes and ears at the same time, the brain is more active and more involved to learn and remember later. My personal experience is a compelling example of this. When I was a primary school student in the fourth grade, most of my classmates had problems learning history and geography by reading textbooks. My teacher decided to encourage us to watch a history documentary on TV because she knew that most people can learn better through hearing and sight. Then she gave us an exam on the documentary and we all got better scores than exams from the textbook. In conclusion, I am of the opinion that television is more effective than books for educating the public. This is because I think TV is more entertaining and therefore attracts people more. Moreover, most people are better at visual and auditory learning. Consequently, they learn better through television.
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