ERIC Number: EJ828996
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan-16
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How We Got to Sesame Street; Art on Screen
Goldstein, Evan R.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n19 pB13 Jan 2009
In 1966 a group of friends gathered for a dinner party in Manhattan. As the evening was winding down, one of the guests, Lloyd N. Morrisett, a vice president at the Carnegie Corporation, turned to his host, a television executive named Joan Ganz Cooney, and asked a seemingly innocuous question: Can television educate young children? Unknown to Cooney, Morrisett, who has a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from Yale University, was already pouring money into various projects aimed at bolstering preschool education for disadvantaged children. But those efforts were frustratingly modest in scope. Their casual conversation led Cooney, a few weeks later, to propose a daily TV program, complete with music, puppets, and stories. This article traces the road to "Sesame Street" and also discusses how Lynn Spigel's new book, "TV by Design: Modern Art and the Rise of Network Television," draws the connections between network TV and modern art.
Descriptors: Art Education, Childrens Television, Educational Television, Popular Culture, Intellectual History
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