Should 'Sesame Street' Teach Kids About Divorce?

AdriHead 2012/12/13 22:08:21
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"D" is for Divorce? For the first time ever, "Sesame Street" is tackling a topic that's not so traditional: what happens when mommy and daddy don't live in the same house anymore.

In fact, the popular children's show planned to run a segment about divorce 20 years ago, back in 1992 -- but after they tested it in front of a group of crying, confused preschoolers, producers cut the idea. Now, the show is trying again, with a 13-minute segment called "Big Feelings" that center's on one muppet's experience with divorced parents. The episode will debut this week. Do you think "Sesame Street" should teach kids about divorce?

In early 1992, a census report predicted that 40% of children would soon live in divorced homes. As one of the most famous children’s-television programs in the world, Sesame Street was determined to take on a topic most kids shows wouldn’t touch.
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  • Gordon Freeman 2013/06/10 16:25:16
  • Mikayla Simons 2013/02/19 21:38:21
    Mikayla Simons
    No kids at young shouldn't have to worry about a divorce! their not even married!
  • JD 2013/01/06 17:54:12
  • Ramón 2012/12/26 02:30:34
    Why pander downwards? Sure there may be some good to teaching kids about divorce, but divorce is bad all around, with few exceptions (such as a man divorcing a woman who cheats and won't stop, or a man divorcing a woman who hits him and their children are in danger and who won't get help or stop abusive behavior.... or vice versa), but studies have demonstrated that couples in hard times who stick it out are far happier 5 years later than those that take the easy road out in divorce

    Easy Divorce was designed by divorce lawyers to bump up their business, and not because the public was crying out for easy divorce. Are there times divorce is necessary? Yes, as I noted above, but most divorce is far from those horrible awful necessary divorces, and all about the easy way out.

    Sesame Street should be the high road, teach about intact nuclear families, put some knowledge in the kids of today so that as they grow up they have a standard to emulate, rather than a bad example to follow. NO, SS should not teach divorce. There are already enough programs out there that teach children to cope.

    If SS does this then another plank in the foundation of childhood rots away. 20 years from now we can wax nostalgic about the good old days, "Yeah, good old Sesame Street. Taught me the how to's of divorce."
  • Null_Shock 2012/12/25 11:24:17
  • Cristiana WolfSky 2012/12/20 22:54:53
    Cristiana WolfSky
    Well, it's true that not every child comes across this situation. Sesame Street is known for teaching moral values, and life skills that will help people in childhood. Parents won't always explain this, so maybe this child's show would be beneficial to enter the topic and teach children who have gone through it how to handle it and what it means to have divorced parents. They need to attempt to mildly explain an unmild conflict. Besides, children who went through it may need to know more about it. Not EVERY parent talks through with their child about it.
  • Femerithian 2012/12/20 21:57:24
    I hope they'll also soon teach kids that same gender parents are also just fine. Especially since the whole franchise is all about equality and such that's why they boycotted that disgraceful fast food chicken place that offered people free food for hating homosexuals, something I'm positive was breaking Jesus's heart with every person stepping up to that demonic counter, since he was a great and loving man who offered love and kindness to even those society saw as the most evil because he knew they were just misunderstood.
  • Mj PINKYFINGERDOWN 2012/12/19 22:44:17
  • ♥K14 2012/12/19 18:02:50
    I'm waiting for
    "M" is for Murder
    "R" is for Rape
    "C" is for Child molesters are gonna get you!

    But then again, I love controversy...
  • Dan 2012/12/19 16:47:43
    . What next, homosexuality and teen pregnancy? Sesame Street should be teaching moral values. Good lord what is this Country coming to?
  • Tuck Ro... Dan 2012/12/28 22:17:14
    Tuck Roberts
    See though, you lose all credibility when you lump homosexuality and teen pregnancy, when an increase in the former decreases the latter . Besides, are you forgetting bert and ernie ?
  • chrisjay 2012/12/19 16:28:34
    I think they should. So many kids are unaware of what happens in their parents lives with the parents thinking that their kids are too young to understand what is going on. However I feel if they are exposed to it early, it will be less traumatic for them when they get older.

    Reports say that Adam Lazana (the guy who did the shooting in Connecticut and killed all the children in the school) got worse when his parents divorced each other. I feel like the fact that he targeted little kids was not coincidental. He probably thought he was saving them from the pain of their parents splitting up. Just an idea.
  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/12/19 15:46:27
    Christopher Kirchen
    It's not a "wholesome value", admittedly, but it's one that society embraces so Sesame Street should at least inform kids about it. In fact, this issue should have been taken on long ago.
  • LEFT IS NOT RIGHT 2012/12/19 11:30:14
    No Way! Not into their leftist, PC agenda
  • novelistgirl94 2012/12/19 06:07:09
    It needs to be discussed by the families, not tv shows. Each case is different, and its such a personal subject.
  • Larre 2012/12/19 01:46:28
    The appropriate thing should be, They should teach kids how NOT to divorce :-)
  • rebeccasrevenge 2012/12/18 22:15:59
    Big Bird could explain it in song:" I Don't Wanna Play" House followed by" D-I-V-O-R-C-E" trust me they'll get the message
  • LuckyLady02 2012/12/18 21:13:30
    Since this is reality for so many children with more than fifty percent of marriages ending in divorce children need to be taught how to deal with this if not for themselves then for some of their friends. No one really wants divorce and I don't believe it is good for anyone especially the children but it is a fact and kids need to learn how to deal with it.
  • Ashley 2012/12/18 18:49:23
    I dont think so...
  • Lily loves minions 2012/12/18 17:42:26
    Lily loves minions
    Yes very fun!
  • kitsunejewel 2012/12/18 14:46:47
  • Jackal 2012/12/18 11:49:29
    When my parents split, I thought they split because it was my fault. It was a deep scar I held for a while. If I understood what divorce or split really is, I would have had more confidence in myself to do many things.
  • Gothic Kitty 2012/12/18 11:44:42
    Gothic Kitty
    I think that's a personal matter that should be tought/discused by parents
  • Shifting Piece 2012/12/18 01:00:14
    Shifting Piece
    That topic is far too broad and subjective to condense into a kid's show. Plus,it's personal. Each divorce case is different.
    Sometimes the kids go with mom,sometimes with dad, sometimes with grandma...you get the picture.
    These types of topics are for parents and their children to discuss.
  • Mike 2012/12/18 00:51:57
    Divorce happens and affects kids. They need to understand it. Not all kid's parents will get divorced, but most kids will have a friend who's parents are divorced. It's important for them to understand that the parents still love them and it's not the child's fault the parents have separated.
  • Harley Squiggles the God \(... 2012/12/17 22:46:50
    Harley Squiggles the God \(#o#)/
    No. :'(
  • ~Worlds Away 2012/12/17 21:52:33
    ~Worlds Away
    that is so mean to kids what if there parents are divorced. WTF
  • sha_lyn68 ~Worlds... 2012/12/19 04:54:51
    WTF? So it is mean to tell a child with divorced parents that it isn't their fault that their parents are divorced? What is wrong with you?
  • ~Worlds... sha_lyn68 2012/12/19 23:26:00
    ~Worlds Away
    wats wrong with me?!!!? i sure in hell wouldnt want my kid to know bout that.
  • sha_lyn68 ~Worlds... 2012/12/20 01:35:48
    Huh? You wouldn't want your kid to know that your divorce wasn't his or her fault?
  • ~Worlds... sha_lyn68 2012/12/20 03:04:03
    ~Worlds Away
    what if i wasnt divourced? DUH
  • sha_lyn68 ~Worlds... 2012/12/20 04:17:26
    Read your first comment and your responses to me DUH. You make no sense.
    BTW: Do you keep your kids under rocks? They are going to know someone who is divorced.
  • ~Worlds... sha_lyn68 2012/12/20 19:09:34
    ~Worlds Away
    lol im 14 i dont have kids... im thinking of the future. and if they do know someone who has divorced parents i would rather teach them about it, not a little kids show!!
  • sha_lyn68 ~Worlds... 2012/12/21 00:50:12
    Again I ask, how is it mean to teach children that divorce sometimes happens and it isn't their fault? or why is it mean to teach children that there is nothing wrong with being friends with someone whose parents are divorced? Did you even watch the clip before claiming that it was mean?
  • ~Worlds... sha_lyn68 2012/12/21 16:34:11
    ~Worlds Away
    like i said i would rather teach them bout it myself.
  • sha_lyn68 ~Worlds... 2012/12/22 06:04:28
    Repeating that you would rather teach your (imaginary) children still doesn't answer my question. How is it mean to teach about divorce?
  • ~Worlds... sha_lyn68 2012/12/22 20:29:09
    ~Worlds Away
    really (imaginary) children? DUMBASS PAY ATTENTION, I SAID I WOULD RATHER TEACH MY CHILDREN ( WHEN I HAVE THEM) MYSELF!!! wats so hard to understand bout that. and when did " teaching kids bout divorce is mean" get typed from me?
  • sha_lyn68 ~Worlds... 2012/12/23 18:50:34
    Posted by you 3 days ago: "wats wrong with me?!!!? i sure in hell wouldnt want my kid to know bout that."
    Posted by you 5 days ago: "that is so mean to kids what if there parents are divorced. WTF"

    If you aren't capable of reading or remembering what you've said in the past, I suggest that you refrain from posting.
  • ~Worlds... sha_lyn68 2012/12/27 18:50:18
  • sha_lyn68 ~Worlds... 2012/12/27 22:35:47
    ROFLMAO......... Apparently your memory loss is so bad that you couldn't remember how to scroll up and see what you said. Keep making up lame excuses and attacking me for going by what you've said. You are just showing how childish you are.
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