Education: Spelling by TV

Television, according to broadcasters, is intrinsically educational. It broadens young minds and uplifts old ones. Last week a plausible footnote to this plausible theory came from English Instructor Ralph S. Graber of Pennsylvania's Muhlenberg College. TV may open all sorts of vistas, Graber reports, but the quality of its teaching is dubious. The effect on his students, he avers, is "a marked increase in the number of malapropisms and errors in diction."

As evidence, Graber put together a montage of gems from recent themes produced by Muhlenberg freshmen: "Now of days it is quite...