Behind The Scenes with PBS: Making A Children’s Program

This article from Time magazine takes a really interesting in depth look at the Public Broadcasting Station’s approach to their children’s programing. I grew up watching PBS shows like Sesame Street, The Magic School Bus, Reading Rainbow (my personal favorite) and I believe that those programs impacted the person I grew into. Having those shows to guide and inspire me, to teach me about the world and about myself, really made a difference in how I saw the world. It’s something I see in my students as well. As an art teacher, part of my job is to help foster creativity and teach children to find inspiration from the world around them. A lot of what I do to help them are lessons I remember learning on PBS shows. As a soon to be mom and someone who watched the shows when I was little it’s really interesting to have this in depth look at the careful planning that goes into creating a new show, and how many factors the producers consider before launching something new. To quote the PBS producers from the article, "start by identifying what today’s children need the most, and ask how can we push the boundaries of what media can do to best serve them through PBS KIDS.” This type of approach and mentality is really wonderful in my opinion, and is the reason why PBS is such a valuable resource for children.

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