Benefits of Watching Sesame Street

After reading the article, Extending the Lessons of Educational Television with Young American Children, this made me think of other television shows besides Between the Lions. The article brought up Sesame Street, so I decided to research and see the implications this television show has had on children. In the Washington Post article, the author summarizes a research study showing the benefits Sesame Street has had on preschool-aged children, particularly children who live in poverty-stricken areas. The study presents that children are more likely to stay on-grade-level and be doing age appropriate tasks in school. The study claims that students are 14% less likely of falling behind in school. Sesame Street came out in 1969 and at the time over one-third of American children and even adults were watching this first-ever educational TV. The TV show was based on curriculum for children at the preschool age.  However, not all children were able to reach it due to cable being new technology; so the children in these poor areas were not getting access to this like others were. The article also says how Sesame Street not only has educational benefits, but also has social-emotional and behavioral benefits as well. However, the article does question whether this TV program could replace the classroom and the research emphasizes that it could not. However, it is a great supplement for students to access outside of the classroom or even if teachers played it during free-time.



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