Is Sesame Street Out of Line

thSesame Street is one of the longest running children’s show in the history of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS).  Conceived in 1966 the show began airing in November 10, 1969, and is entering its 43rd season.

Sesame Street is where kids learn colors, numbers, shapes and also deal with some current issues effecting pre-school aged children.  You may recall Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introducing a bill that would eliminate federal funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which are the same funds used to ensure Sesame Street stayed on the air.  The senators cited Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell’s $956,513 in compensation in 2008 as an example of too high of compensation for public broadcasting in the wake of the nations fiscal issues.

Why does this matter?  Well yesterday I read that Sesame Street plans to help their audience members, you know children, cope with family members heading to jail?  Are we to assume that many of their audience members have family members in jail or do Sesame Street execs foresee the kids family members headed to jail due in part of the recent influx of newly built prisons popping up nationwide?  What does Gary Knell know that we don’t?

Maybe they will teach them how to spell prison or learn to countdown the days until their loved ones come home.  Will they teach them how to write letters?  Either way I am not sure if tax payer money should be funding children learning about prison.  Is Sesame Street fresh out of topics?

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About Melissa

I am a lifelong Inglewood resident living in District 4. I serve on PTA and School Site Council as Vice-President, for the last 8 years with Inglewood Unified School District. I volunteer on the Wellness Committee for ICEF Public Schools. I am an alumni of California State University, Dominguez Hills with a degree in Political Science. You can find me on Twitter under @CreoleMommie

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