I have an example of this on a different level that may help you understand how PBS preschool shows can teach tolerance and acceptance without having it be very in your face. However, the topics these shows choose to include as lessons for preschoolers obviously have enough of a need that there are some issues built into shows that you don't ever really notice.Originally Posted by The Mad Hatter
Sesame Street is one of the most popular children's shows in television history. The show began with tolerance as a subtle theme from the beginning. Sesame Street is about as clse to teaching diversity, and in turn tolerance and acceptance, as any I have seen, but they do it with grace, without hitting the kids over the head with the issue. Showing children the diverse nature of the world we live in is a simple lesson that Sesame Street teaches.
One of the most popular characters on Sesame Street these days is Elmo. So much so that Sesame Street has a dedicated portion of each show to "Elmo's World". Each episode of Elmo's World centers around a different theme - balls, dancing, singing, animals at the farm, etc. During one of the segments in the show within the show, children will demonstrate, let's say dancing, to Elmo's pet goldfish Dorothy. The kids who dance for Dorothy are all different from one another, with there even being a child in a wheelchair dancing. The final child in the scene is a baby who dances with Elmo.
This is a prime example of how a show can teach diversity, tolerance, accpetance, without having it be a blaring message. Is this wrong? Should Sesame Street be pulled off the air because they show different races interacting with one another, which could possibly be seen as the show:
I think it is just a way of easing our kids into a world that is already diverse. If there is an acceptance of diversity, then tolerance can also be implied.Originally Posted by The Mad Hatter