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Is Sesame Street evil?

By June 1, 2015 Culture, Education, Mindset, Music

Sesame Street may just be ‘that show with big bird and the letter A’ to some. But it means a lot more to others, especially those in the educational communities.

“real educational benefits for the millions of preschool-age children around the world who visit ‘Sesame Street’ via their televisions”

On the one hand, or soft fluffy paw, there is a camp that champions it’s educational value. Researcher, Mary Louise Mares outlines that the way it uses modelling and repetition with humor and music creates a platform that represents “real educational benefits for the millions of preschool-age children around the world who visit ‘Sesame Street’ via their televisions”. Article: http://bit.ly/1LWLAqq

Where as, there are countless articles online from people countering that argument. Dating all the way back to 1995, this article from Kay S Hymowitz suggests that “Like the television commercial on which it is modeled, Sesame Street is a triumph of appearance over substance”. Mainly because of it’s “anti-intellectual pop culture”. Basically saying that we’re living in a vicious circle of socially accepted inadequate content and Sesame Street is exploiting that with it’s bright lights and happy puppets. Article: http://bit.ly/1K29YZh

Janelle Monáe for the win

There is no doubting it’s power and inherited responsibility in this world as an educational source. And, for me, it’s video segments like these that show it’s true power. Delving deep into a clear childhood motivator by using a cool (is that the word kids use these days?) rnb icon to spread a powerful message far and wide, can only be a good thing.

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