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A look at how some of the big names in children's educational programming have changed over time in tandem with societal values, needs, and attitudes
On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union shocked the world, and particularly the American public, by launching the first satellite into orbit around the earth. Called Sputnik, the small spacecraft was an embarrassment to the United States, which prided itself on its leadership in political strength, military prowess, and technological superiority. In the midst of the Cold War, the United States, a country that aspired to global preeminence, could not let such a challenge to their dominance pass.
The Eisenhower administration called for an immediate response, which resulted in the founding of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as well as education reforms to improve science and math curriculums in public schools across the country. NASA's greatest achievement, landing a man on the moon, not only ended the Space Race - and the Cold War - between the two superpowers, but had numerous short- and long-term impacts as well, ranging from daily American lives to technological advancements that spread throughout the world.
Allie Miller McNamara
December 18, 2015