PBS has a new series called WordGirl. Something about the animation reminds me of Daria, but the idea of a superhero who overcomes people with her vocabulary is appealing to me. This clip shows WordGirl overcoming an evil butcher and teaching him the meaning of the word “ally.”
Sometimes, clarity is more important than vocabulary, and I hope that WordGirl will teach that lesson as well. Educational programming is so difficult to get right and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to watch it with child’s eyes again. I learned much at the hands of multi-colored Muppets, but watching them now is painful.
As much as I like WordGirl, I don’t think I’m the one to judge. That falls squarely on the kids that she’s trying to teach.