Big Bird of Sesame Street attends the 86th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. 
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Maybe we've been going about education all wrong. 

A new study shows that kids can learn as much, or more, from Sesame Street as they do from preschool.

The Washington Post reports that kids probably shouldn't just watch Sesame Street instead of going to preschool — but if they do, it's not a total disaster.

Not to mention, the New York Times reports this week that more and more kindergarten classes are getting back to the basics of sandboxes and dancing and painting time — you know, playing.

Proving what parents, good teachers and children everywhere understand: too much work just isn't good for you.

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