Another big battle is going on in Washington, and its outcome could shape our children's and grandchildren's minds.

In the next few months, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will rule on whether broadcasters should be required to air at least three hours per week of children's educational programs. At last count, the five FCC commissioners appeared to be closely divided on whether to hold the broadcasters to stricter compliance.

Passage of the Children's Television Act in 1990 was a great victory and could constitute the most significant advance in children's television in more than a decade. But it failed to define "educational TV" — allowing the industry to render the act all but meaningless by airing programs such as "The Flintstones" and calling them "educational."

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