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 – Fred Rogers
I had the pleasure of growing up watching Mr. Rogers. He kindness and care always felt so genuine, despite the fact that it was delivered via a television show. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I came across the following video and truly learned how much he cared about children and how strong his desire was to make a difference in their daily lives. What he says about feelings, particularly anger, is an important message for children of all ages.
In this video from 1969, Mr. Rogers sits before a senate committee arguing against the proposal to cut funding for public broadcasting, including important educational shows for children. Watch below to see his moving testimony to notoriously tough committee chairman John O. Pastore.
Be prepared to feel feelings…
by 1971, funding had been increased from $9 million to $22 million dollars.