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.
Cherishing children is the mark of a civilized society.
The question for me was, could TV actually teach? I knew it could, because I knew 3-year-olds who sang beer commercials!
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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