ELSEWHERE: ‘Sesame Street’ Reveals New Muppet For Kids With Incarcerated Parents

Sesame Street has never been known to shy away from difficult and controversial issues, and now they're tackling another one: kids with incarcerated parents. The program has recently unveiled a toolkit to help caregivers address the needs of such children. But this raises a good question: What does it say about our nation's problems when they become so widespread that they get addressed by Sesame Street? … [Read more...]

Leave Baby Bear and His Doll Alone

I confess that when I read Owen Strachan’s “The Gospel Is for Baby Bear: On Sesame Street and Gender Confusion” (originally posted on his blog and then reposted on the The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood’s website), my initial reaction was 100 percent snark. I posted a link to it on my Facebook page, along with a couple of “reactions,” such as:“My boys have often played in a toy kitchen set, and sometimes even carry purses. I've clearly failed as a man and a father, and quite possi … [Read more...]

Sesame Street: A Method to the Madness

I thought I could finish my thoughts on Sesame Street in one post, but it was too long. So, this will be the second of a three-part series. And no longer, I promise! Ok, on to business.Let’s say you want to research preschoolers, but your study requires children who are NOT able to recognize Sesame Street characters. So you, “interview,” one child. And another. And another.Nielson Media Research has shown that it will take a long time to finish your study, because as of 2004 they found … [Read more...]

Sesame Street: Today's New England Primer

Daniel Boorstin is my favorite historian. He has written widely and well on some of the key players, events, and influences on both world and American history.Perhaps my favorite piece of his work, though, is an article he wrote discussing the role of the historian called, "The Historian: 'A Wrestler with the Angel.'" He points out that the greatest challenge for the historian is to discover the things that TRULY move history. He says: ...the correct description of history lies in those things … [Read more...]