May 4, 2009

Daddy Talks, Tues. @ Adult Ed: Children's Educational Television, An Illustrated History

This month, the topic for Adult Ed, the awesome, esoteric, funny, and useless lecture series--in fact, it's "Brooklyn's favorite useless lecture series"--is Ambivalent Parenting.

I know, right? I feel so targeted, too. But I'm actually on the program. Here's the blurb for my lecture/video/musical presentation titled, "TV, Education, & Kids: Three Of These Things Belong Together?":

Forty years ago, researchers created Sesame Street to tap the vast educational power of television for the benefit of "ghetto kids." How's that working out? A brief, illustrated history.
I originally planned to go deep into the latest research about child cognitive development and learning patterns.

But then I realized the question that really haunted me: How did we grow up with the four-armed swami, but our kids end up with Elmo?

If you're in Park Slope Tuesday night, you should really stop by. [And yes, I also realize I should have been flogging this gig for weeks already.]

Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - 8 pm (doors at 7:30)
Union Hall in Park Slope
702 Union St. @ 5th Ave
$5 cover


May 5th? Are you going to be serving margaritas?

Can you talk the wife into showing up with a cell phone camera? Would be cool to see this on Youtube for those of us not in NYC.

since that's where I'm sourcing most of my clips, YouTube would be quite appropriate.

Wow. Wish I could get there. I was just explaining to my 25 year old babysitter tonight that Sesame Street, in my day, was really cool. And now I can't bring myself to let my kids watch it, it's too annoying, even as bg noise.

Which may be why my 3-year old son now totally tunes out Elmo and the entire second half of any of the currently-on Streets and constantly asks to watch "mommy's old sesame street" (i.e. Old School Vol 1 and 2 that mommy told him was what SHE watched- and only me since my husband's parents were communists and didn't have a TV!!)

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