When I became a new mother one of the first things I worried about was if my cable provider had PBS and Sesame Street. I was worried because it was the only thing from my childhood I had a feeling would still be there when I needed it, which was NOW. I was lucky. Not only was it on, it had new episodes, some favorite old characters and had …evolved.
Once I set a schedule and auto-tuned my tv to Sesame Street (10AM Monday-Friday) I became delighted in my morning routine of watching Sesame Street with my son, Felix, while having my coffee and working on articles. I was happy to see my son’s reaction to his first “monsters” and he was happy and giggling. Exactly the reaction I wanted from him. As time went on he grew and I became more fascinated with what Sesame Street has evolved into. I wasn’t familiar with Abby Cadabby, Chris from Hooper’s store, parodies of Glee/True Blood/CSI or Elmo’s World. These were new to me, but my son loves them, so I sit patiently and learn.
After a little over a year of watching this new Sesame Street, it has come under fire from presidential elect, Mitt Romney (who names their kid after a piece of baseball equipment?), who wants to pull funding from PBS, thus killing Sesame Street, in addition to many, many wonderful learning programs for children. The idea that Muppets would be in an unemployment line horrifies me. They are the creatures/people that taught me the basics, that were still here when I needed help learning how to teach my own child, that will hopefully be saved and go on to teach multiple generations to come.
I continue my support of PBS and Sesame Street especially. I find it wonderful that they are still teaching the same things, in new ways, from when I was a child. They make learning fun and interesting by using music and people that children, as well as parents, recognize. For example: Because of Sesame Street and The Plain White T’s, I do not remember the original lyrics to this song.
If you have a child or just want to watch some cool tv, watch some of the new episodes of Sesame Street. I guarantee you will be entertained and may also learn something! Win-Win!