Most of us are familiar with the kids' TV show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
, where Fred Rogers taught kids how to handle some of the more difficult situations they may face in life, like a disagreement with a friend or the loss of a pet. Some of us were very heavily impacted by his kind and gentle nature, and he really shaped our childhoods. There was so much more to him than just his TV show that he put on though. He had a genuine deep caring for kids, and he has been one of my biggest inspirations for becoming a teacher.
Many people have not seen much of Fred Rogers outside of his TV show, but in 1969, he had to defend the federal funding of PBS from getting cut in half. Over the course of his very moving testimony, he successfully won over the senate committee and retained the $20 million budget for PBS. You can watch this testimony by following the link below. I highly recommend it. Be warned though, it is a tear jerker. This video made me respect and admire Fred Rogers so much, and when I’m in need of some inspiration I’ll go back and watch it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKy7ljRr0AA
By: Joshua Parmentier, College of Education
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