Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Dave's Seminar Post

- Enabled in 1990, the Children's Television Act was created to enhance television's potential to teach children. The CTA establishes a guideline that every station airs at least three hours per week of core educational programming.

-Captain Planet, a cartoon superhero, was created with the intent of entertaining viewers into an awareness of environmental hazards

-Bill Nye, an engineer by day, stand up comedian by night, created the show Bill Nye the Science Guy which aimed to teach specific topics in science to a preteen audience.

-Many children's programs today seemingly have little to no educational value. A few stations continue to put forth an effort to teach, but the shows are predominantly on cable television. These stations include Discovery Channel Kids and National Geographic, and PBS on network televsion.

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