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In his recent Commentary, James M. Banner Jr. concludes that efforts to make teaching a true profession are "against the historical grain, probably impossible, and most likely not worth the effort" ("On Transforming Teaching Into a 'True Profession,"' Oct. 23, 1985).
There could not have been a safer bet when it began in 1969 than that "Sesame Street" would be embraced by children, parents, and educators. Children loved it because they were raised on television commercials, which they intuitively knew were the most carefully crafted entertainments on television. To those who had not yet been to school, even to those who had just started, the idea of being taught by a series of commercials did not seem peculiar. And that television should entertain them was taken as a matter of course.
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