Thumbs up to Educational TV.

The effectiveness of educational TV is somewhat controversial. Many people question if it’s actually beneficial and not just an easy way to waste children’s time. Based on some research I have found much evidence that is supportive of educational television claiming it really does work. According to the Washington post article Sesame street has, “left children more likely to stay at the appropriate grade level for their age, an effect that is particularly pronounced among boys, African Americans and children who grow up in disadvantaged areas.” It’s sad to think about but in many cases parents do not have as much time to devote to their children as they would like. It’s nice that children can have access to shows that teach them things their parents don’t have time to or in the case of an English Language Learner maybe even something their parents just don’t know. Now I think the most important thing to remember with educational TV is that everything should be done in moderation. Kids should by no means be watching TV all the time. It is important that they read, do their homework and even color. I am however an advocate for an hour or so of educational TV where a young child is given a chance to learn.


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