National Geographic : 1993 May
Learning tool or loaded weapon? By the time the average American child reaches the age of five, he or she will have spent more than 4,000 hours in front of the TV. Absorbing the good, the bad and the frightening. At Public Television, we've long been sensitive to the power and influence of our medium. Which is why we believe that educa tion and entertainment should never be mutually exclusive. It's why programs like Lamb Chop's Play-Along and Shining Time Station nurture young viewers with laughter, enchantment and a sense of belonging. It's why, in the popular series Barney & Friends, a lovable, 6-foot purple dinosaur inspires his adoring fans to express their imagination and creativity. It's why, for over 25 years, Mister Rogers has been "a bright light in child hood's sky." One who has bolstered the self-esteem of preschoolers by offering them a safe haven to voice their truest feelings, fears and curiosities. And it's why Sesame Street has moved beyond the home into daycare centers. Where teachers and workers are given the training and materials they need to better prepare kids. For kinder garten. Grade school And, of 9 course, the uni- PUBLIC TELEVISION versity of life. Keep us in mind.