Cherishing children is the mark of a civilized society.
It’s not whether children learn from television, it’s what children learn from television... because everything that children see on television is teaching them something.
In South Africa, where HIV-positive children are often shunned, we have an HIV-positive Muppet to teach children to be friendly with children with HIV. But they use local actors. And it's not always a street. Sometimes it's 'Sesame Plaza,' or 'Sesame Tree.'
The question for me was, could TV actually teach? I knew it could, because I knew 3-year-olds who sang beer commercials!
Probably any successful career has X number of breaks in it, and maybe the difference between successful people and those who aren't super achievers is taking advantage of those breaks.
There is a young and impressionable mind out there that is hungry for information. It has latched on to an electronic tube as its main source of nourishment.
I wish I could tell you that the Children's Television Workshop and Sesame Street were thanks to my genius, but it really was a lucky break.
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