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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 11:46:57 PM , Rating: 2
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Is a vague understanding of a multitude of subjects better or worse than an advanced understanding of smaller focused group of subjects?

Yes. They are better and worse.

Ideally you would want both. A "Jack of all Trades/Master of One."

Neither a "Jack of One Trade" nor a "Master of None" are particularly valuable on their own.


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