Actor and peace activist Ed Asner told Oklahoma teachers they can help humanity better itself, but warned that idealism means taking risks. "It's our responsibility and our duty to point out the wrongs we see around us," Asner told the Oklahoma Education Association meeting in Oklahoma City. Asner, best known as Lou Grant on two television series and a school principal on "Bronx Zoo," said personal involvement is a must for teachers to convey high ideals to students. The former president of the Screen Actors Guild and backer of many humanitarian and political organizations warned educators their job is made more difficult by mass media distractions. "I get to the kids' minds before you do," Asner said, quoting statistics that show children typically have viewed 5,000 hours of television by the time they start school.