I couldn't help but overhear the session today on "Videos I Wish" and thought I would share this excerpt from a diary
of Thomas Edison's that I came across. I have found it slightly depressing yet perpetually inspirational.
Thomas Edison on the invention of filmmaking:
"We might have developed them into a greater commercial circulation if we had kept on–but I was interested in the educational and not the entertainment field. When the educators failed to respond I lost interest. What I had in mind was a bit ahead of the times, maybe. The world wasn't ready for the kind of education I had pictured.
Maybe I'm wrong, but I should say that in ten years textbooks as the principal medium of teaching will be as obsolete as the horse and carriage are now. I believe that in the next ten years visual education–the imparting of exact information through the motion-picture camera–will be a matter of course in all of our schools. The printed lesson will be largely supplemental–not paramount."