Over the last 45 years SESAME STREET has taught much. Kids have learned a lot while being entertained- and vice versa. If you ask people what they learned from SESAME STREET, you'll get a variety of different answers. As for what I learned, aside from letters, numbers and the beginnings of reading, I'd say that where I gained the most is with attention to detail, as the show put a lot of emphasis on same and different. Maybe that's why I did such an excellent job at the inventory job I had at Lowe's for 6 1/2 years. Management and others said that I was one of the best they'd ever seen at that job. Indeed my audits were almost always A's. As for what else I learned from this show, I learned that a job is a job. In other words, Gordon, a teacher, isn't at the top, and Luis and Maria, who run a repair shop, aren't at the bottom. On Sesame Street, everyone is equal, and all jobs are equal. Since I have Asperger's Syndrome, that means a lot to me. I owe a lot to this show. As for the recent changes, the show isn't what it used to be. But it's still good and has not strayed from its original goal of teaching and entertaining. Elmo is a bit annoying, though. Still, it's very much worth watching. It does and will both teach and entertain. 10/31/15 Now I feel a need to add to my review. It's a shame that the 1 hour version of SESAME STREET will soon no longer air on PBS. Still, 1/2 hour is better than nothing. One segment that I very much hope they keep going forward is Abby's Flying Fairy School. The teacher in this segment, Mrs. Sparklenose, is a great teacher. She's available to Abby and her 2 classmates when they need her, but she wants and expects them to solve as many problems by themselves as possible. A lot of deep, reflective thought here on how to solve the problems and get out of the dilemmas that they're in. (Twinkle-thinking, as it's called there.) This will help kids when they get to school, and throughout life. Abby's Flying Fairy School is the best part of the show. Another good part is SuperGrover 2.0. It teaches kids science and related concepts. For example, in one such episode a squirrel needed something to hold together a shelf for his prized acorn. When SuperGrover saw a screw he didn't know what it was, but the squirrel did. He saw that it could go into the tree and hold the shelf! Now kids will know what a screw is and have an idea of what it's used for. Now for our part. Let us write to Sesame Workshop (aka Children's Television Workshop) and ask that SESAME STREET get restored to its full hour. (I just wrote my letter today. I sent it certified.) There's so much to teach children and so little time to teach it. While 1/2 hour is passable, an hour is better.