fishingboatproceeds:

pennyforurthoughts:

approachingsignificance:

Sesame Street reaches out to 2.7 million American children with an incarcerated parent.

Last week, Sesame Street added a new character, to whom more than 2.7 million American children can now relate. The show introduced Alex, a child whose father is in prison, in a video included in the online interactive, “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration.”

The “Little Children, Big Challenges” feature aims to reach children facing complex challenges, including bullying, sibling rivalry and parental incarceration.

Recent reports indicate that more than half of inmates in the US have children under the age of 18. As a result, there are more than 2.7 million children with a parent that is incarcerated (that translates to 3.6% or 1 in 28 American children). Most of the parents (66%) are incarcerated for non-violent crimes.

The Sesame Street website provides tips for caregivers to help the growing number of children affected by incarceration and features videos of both real-world children and Sesame Street characters sharing their own experiences with the subject.

Check out their tool-kit here. Well done Sesame Street, well done. 

When the media does things right.

The U.S. has the world’s highest incarceration rate*, more than five times that of China.

Non-white offenders receive longer sentences, particularly young non-white males.

Crime rates have been falling for decades in the U.S. but incarceration rates continue to skyrocket. Is that because prisons are keeping “bad people" off the streets? Not if Canada (and Europe and Australia and etc.) is any indication.

I’m glad that Sesame Street is doing this. But as a nation, we need to start asking ourselves how we ended up living in a country that imprisons six times more of its people per capita than any other country in North America or western Europe.

* Except arguably North Korea.

This is why Sesame Street is so important.


fishingboatproceeds:

pennyforurthoughts:

approachingsignificance:

Sesame Street reaches out to 2.7 million American children with an incarcerated parent.

Last week, Sesame Street added a new character, to whom more than 2.7 million American children can now relate. The show introduced Alex, a child whose father is in prison, in a video included in the online interactive, “Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration.”

The “Little Children, Big Challenges” feature aims to reach children facing complex challenges, including bullying, sibling rivalry and parental incarceration.

Recent reports indicate that more than half of inmates in the US have children under the age of 18. As a result, there are more than 2.7 million children with a parent that is incarcerated (that translates to 3.6% or 1 in 28 American children). Most of the parents (66%) are incarcerated for non-violent crimes.

The Sesame Street website provides tips for caregivers to help the growing number of children affected by incarceration and features videos of both real-world children and Sesame Street characters sharing their own experiences with the subject.

Check out their tool-kit here. Well done Sesame Street, well done. 

When the media does things right.

The U.S. has the world’s highest incarceration rate*, more than five times that of China.

Non-white offenders receive longer sentences, particularly young non-white males.

Crime rates have been falling for decades in the U.S. but incarceration rates continue to skyrocket. Is that because prisons are keeping “bad people" off the streets? Not if Canada (and Europe and Australia and etc.) is any indication.

I’m glad that Sesame Street is doing this. But as a nation, we need to start asking ourselves how we ended up living in a country that imprisons six times more of its people per capita than any other country in North America or western Europe.

* Except arguably North Korea.

This is why Sesame Street is so important.

Defeat the Silence – 1234 1234


This is a lovely song. A simple guitar accompanied by Feists beautiful voice. The original video is imaginative and because it’s not necessarily what I would have expected to accompany the song makes me enjoy it even more. Every one should have a place for choreography in their lives:

However here is proof, if any were ever needed, that adapting the lyrics a little and adding muppets to a thing increases its entertainment value many-fold.

It brings me great joy that the Sesame Street version has 7 times as many hits. This is not because I dislike the original – it’s lovely. I just enjoy the fact that it is possible that most people in the world who are familiar with this song think it’s about counting monsters and chickens.

Culture of Illusion – Yet Another Reason to Keep Funding Sesame Street.


If only all things were as delightful as this thing. It is also further proof, if any were needed, that Sesame Street is an incisive cultural bellwether. Our lives would be a lot poorer if it were to pass.