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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: Oh Noes!
By lightfoot on 9/29/2011 4:38:32 PM , Rating: 2
You totally mistook what I was saying.

I was saying that if our children were taught math and science at an early age, then maybe (just maybe) by the time they graduated from high school they would be prepared for a higher education; perhaps they might even go into studying Science or Engineering, not just the Arts.

RE: Oh Noes!
By wordsworm on 9/29/2011 6:07:29 PM , Rating: 2
Math and science are liberal arts. I'm not sure how one becomes an engineer without them.

RE: Oh Noes!
By lightfoot on 9/29/2011 11:31:39 PM , Rating: 3
Math and science are liberal arts.

But somehow aren't required to get most Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees.

My intention was only to point out that the majority of students at Liberal Arts schools get Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees not Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees.

Earlier I mistakenly wrote "useless Liberal Arts degrees" when I meant "useless Bachelor of Arts degrees." I apologize for the confusion.

RE: Oh Noes!
By wordsworm on 9/30/2011 5:56:04 AM , Rating: 1
You'd be surprised how useful a BA is. There are more jobs for those holding BA degrees than there are who hold BS degrees. Most BA earners need to be proficient in reading and writing, which are fairly valuable skills. When I finished uni, I had a job within a month that required the degree.

The trick to making any degree work, for most folks that is, is you can't expect employers to line up outside of your grad hall to hire you. You've got to beat the pavement and work hard at getting what you want.

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