School Of Hard Knocks

Some stations have pretty liberal definitions of educational television

WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT IF GROWNUPS SAID WATCHing cartoons on TV was as good as going to school? Turns out, some have. In order to meet the standards imposed by the Children's Television Act of 1990, a number of local stations around the country are claiming that many Saturday-morning cartoon and kiddy shows, including The Jetsons, G.I. Joe, Super Mario Brothers and Leave It to Beaver, are "educational" in nature. In a report prepared by the Center for Media Education in Takoma Park, Maryland, consumer groups charge that these stations are skirting the law's intent to upgrade children's TV programming by...

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