Friday, February 25, 2011

Mr. Rogers has helped generations of families

Many parents have a vulnerability with their children.  They want to be the best parents they can, yet they’re not always sure how.
An answer for many generations was solved when they grew up with the TV program Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. But it almost ended.
In 1969 Fred Rogers, host of the longtime children's television landmark Mister Rogers' Neighborhood appeared in Washington, D.C. before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications to express his disagreement with a proposal by President Richard Nixon to cut federal funding for public broadcasting from $20 million to $10 million.
Mr. Rogers outlined his submitted testimony, stating that "one of the first things . . . a child learns in a healthy family is trust, and I trust . . . that you will read this. It's very important to me."  The subcommittee did, and the funding was restore.

More than forty years later, Fred Rogers’ compelling words about the power of television to help children grow up, dealing sensibly and humanely with others even when they are feeling angry, still resonate in living rooms, school rooms, and neighborhoods nationwide.
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