Barney Vs. Sesame Street Essay, Research Paper
Barney Vs. Sesame Street
Sesame Street and Barney The Dinosaur are two popular educational shows for
children. Are they really teaching kids with the right techniques? Are they
teaching kids anything at all? It’s a battle to see which is better: Barney or
Sesame Street and Barney have totally different teaching techniques.
Sesame Street captivates the audience with high joltage and fast scenes. The
child barely understands what is going on and when they understand that scene,
it’s over and the next scene is almost done. The child does not learn well
under these circumstances. Barney does not have the same JPM as Sesame Street
but it still attracts the audiences’ attention. The show is slower and more
understandable than Sesame Street.
Barney focuses on one topic for every show. The one that I watched,
entitled “Up We Go”, was about flying. You learn about kites, birds, planes and
more. You get more out of the show than if it was about many topics like Sesame
Street. The one we saw had many topics like eating healthy, dental hygiene, the
airport and more. The child can have an overload of ideas for one day and get
all mixed up.
Both Barney and Sesame Street have songs in them. I found that Barney
had many more songs than Sesame Street. The songs are used as jolts and they
work well in getting the attention of the child. I found that the Barney songs
were much catchier than the Sesame Street songs. They were slower, and other
than the dancing, there was not much else happening. On Sesame Street, the
background was changing, things were flying and colors were jumping. The
attention was not put on the song by the kids, it was put on the actions on the
Barney, like Sesame Park, showed minimal biases regarding sex and race.
The cast consisted of three boys and three girls. One boy was disabled but was
as able as the other kids. The races on the show were mixed. They consisted of
a Latino boy, a Chinese girl, an African-American girl and more. On Sesame
Street there was less of a mix of races. They just had the primary races of the
United States like African-Americans and Latinos.
While watching Barney, I noticed that a main focus was imagination and
‘Playing Pretend’. This shows that the show is aimed at four and five year old
children and h that much younger. Sesame Street is aimed for all ages.
Who won the battle? I think it was Barney. They are both great
children shows but Sesame Street is to much energy for kids, and it does not
teach about friendship and politeness as Barney does. That is one of the most
important things in life. Barney also taught about reading, math, shapes and
colors. Barney has solid educational value, and without the overuse of jolts,
they teach the kids.