Won't you be our neighbor?
On the 89th anniversary of Earth receiving the gift of Mr. Rogers, we celebrate him. He taught us so many things. Sometimes when real life gets to be too much, we retreat to the happy Neighborhood of Make-Believe. Unfortunately, meeting minutes typed out entirely in Henrietta Pussycat-ese aren't acceptable for some reason. Meow meow not our problem meow meow.
We'd like to leave you with a quote from Fred Rogers, taken from his testimony before the Senate in 1969 defending public broadcasting from budget cuts. He points out that teaching kids how to deal with emotions can't compete for dollars on a level playing field with the major networks:
This is what I give. I give an expression of care every day to each child, to help him realize that he is unique. I end the program by saying, "You've made this day a special day, by just your being you. There's no person in the whole world like you, and I like you, just the way you are." And I feel that if we in public television can only make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable, we will have done a great service for mental health.
It's been almost 50 years, but we think the argument is just as powerful today.