The iconic TV show debuted on November 10, 1969. Since then, it’s entertained millions of children and adults. From learning to counting to tackling tough issues like racism. Big Bird and the Gang have used music and humor to both inform and entertain. Sesame Street is one of the longest-running television programs in the world.
According to a study (Sunder, 2018), using audio-visual aids is the easiest and most efficient way to make the teaching and learning process goal-oriented. AV tools happen to effectively communicate the intended idea, grab the attention of students, be more engaging, and leave a lasting impression on an audience.
The format of Sesame Street combines several components and methods used in commercial television production that has changed through time to reflect changes in American culture and viewers’ viewing preferences. It was the first children’s TV program to use educational objectives and a curriculum to define its content, and it was the first program whose educational effects were researched and documented. In order to reflect changes to its curriculum, it has undergone considerable format and content revisions.
Julie Poehlmann Tynan worked as an advisor on the show and believes that Sesame Street has improved cognitive abilities, literacy, and numeracy. The program focused on crucial areas like social and emotional abilities of kids and helped them develop holistically. It helps children develop their early literacy, numeracy, and scientific skills and introduces them to a wide range of cultures through music, dance, and language.
When Sesame Street first aired in 1969, five million children watched a typical episode. That’s the preschool equivalent of a Super Bowl every day. Sesame Street is one of the largest and most affordable early childhood interventions ever to take place. The creators of the show wanted something that would appeal to all children regardless of their social, cultural and economic differences.
The public service children’s program first aired in 1969 — the civil rights movement was in full swing and eliminating socioeconomic inequality had become a central issue. Education reform was high on the national agenda: for the first time, federal funds were made available to poor children and Head Start was established to enable these children to attend preschool, with children from disadvantaged neighborhoods achieving the greatest academic success. They made engaging children from disadvantaged backgrounds a top priority.
Sesame Street was revolutionary in the field of how educational television programs should look like and the influence of the show went beyond the country’s barriers to evolve into a global phenomenon while building an emotional connection with generations over time.