We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The claim about schoolwork in this ad is no different from the claim being made today about computers and iPads in the classroom. What is interesting is that in the past, advertising agents dreamed up the claims for Motorola. Now, it is academics in universities who tout the use of computers and iPads in the classroom!
Television has benefited my younglings and, for that matter, me. I have seven brothers and sisters; the reason one of was not an only child (eventually) is that my parents could sometimes retreat to their own room and television, or they could get us involved enough in television that they no longer considered infanticide a good idea.
Watch some of the 50s TV on YouTube and your nostalgia will evaporate. Most of it was amateurish trash. It's wonderful in retrospect only because you were young and there was little competition.
Don't believe me? Try to watch a whole Milton Berle show. Ouch!
You're probably right about the '50s, but it gets better pretty quick. My wife is a huge western fan and I've been very impressed with the the writing and acting on such shows as "Gunsmoke" and "Wagon Train". "Have Gun Will Travel" can get a little silly, but there is a lot more sophistication in that half hour than most shows on now. "Cheyenne" is another very good show.
Quite often, these westerns were way ahead of the stereotype and in the case of "Gunsmoke", it was ruined in the '70s.