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The show will add math, science and engineering to its educational lessons by way of singing, dancing, games and experiments

The children's TV show "Sesame Street" has been notoriously known for its educational value for youngsters. Researchers have even studied what is called the "Sesame effect," which suggests that children who watch "Sesame Street" as a preschooler eventually achieve higher grades in high school. 

Now, "Sesame Street" is looking to broaden the minds of its little viewers in its 42nd season by adding math, science and engineering to its educational lessons by way of singing, dancing, games and experiments, according to ABC News.

"Sesame Street" Executive Producer Carol-Lynn Parente hopes this season's addition of new educational subjects will help children ages two and older develop the skills they need to excel at school. The show plans to conduct simple science experiments, for example, in a way that is fun and easy to understand for preschoolers.

"It really boils down to a curriculum of asking questions, observing -- making a hypothesis and testing it out," said Parente.

By handing children these skills at an early age, studies suggest they are more prepared for school when they get to that point and excel beyond those who didn't receive those educational tools at a young age. 

According to the "Sesame effect" studies, children who frequently watched "Sesame Street" as a child achieved better marks in English, science and 
math as well as a better grade point average in school than those who didn't watch the show. 

"Sesame Street's" producers say they are addressing an "urgent need," since data such as the 2009 Program for International Student Assessment shows that 15-year-old's in the U.S. placed 23rd in math and 30th in science at that time.



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RE: I think its a great idea...
By augiem on 9/28/2011 6:30:04 PM , Rating: 2
But wouldn't that qualify as a second source of income?


RE: I think its a great idea...
By ClownPuncher on 9/28/2011 6:51:27 PM , Rating: 1
Is that bad? I sure as hell don't want a lazy 100% stay at home wife. If/when I have kids, I would prefer having 1 of us work part time once the kid is in school, and the other working full time.


RE: I think its a great idea...
By cjohnson2136 on 9/29/2011 1:12:49 PM , Rating: 2
I wouldn't consider a house wife/house husband to be lazy. Wehn I got old my mom stopped working and would easily work a 7-8 hour day cleaning and cooking. Sure some are not like that but I would not say being a housewife/husband is lazy.


RE: I think its a great idea...
By Breathless on 9/29/2011 5:13:38 PM , Rating: 2
If their doing their house job right, it isn't lazy at all.


By ClownPuncher on 9/29/2011 7:20:27 PM , Rating: 2
That's a load of crap. If it takes you 8 hours to cook/clean, you're milking it or you have more than 4 kids.


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