Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Alright (Mr.) Rogers, you've got the floor

"In 1969, Mister Rogers appeared before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications. His goal was to support funding for PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in response to significant proposed cuts. In about five minutes of testimony, Rogers spoke of the need for social and emotional education that public television provided. He passionately argued that alternative television programming like his Neighborhood helped encourage children to become happy and productive citizens, sometimes opposing less positive messages in media and in popular culture. He even recited the lyrics to one."

(Connect the Dots, Neatorama)


Merri said...

Awwww, Molly, you've made me cry.

Thank God for Mr. Rogers - he has always been one of my heroes for early childhood. I loved watching him with *and* without my children.

Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

What an amazing, courageous man. Made me cry!
Jan Schluter