why mister rogers is the role model we need right now

the unconventional children’s television pioneer celebrated dignity and kindness in the age of mass media

by s

kids have it really hard right now. many adults have forgotten that a world where children are safe and cared for with dignity is not a utopian vision, but a necessity.

take Ben, for example, who happened to be sitting in my office recently. I told him about a paid internship opportunity for high school youth at a local nonviolence organization, wondering if he would be interested in pursuing it. but he liked violence, he asserted, with a certain confidence, a wry smile on his face and a mesh of hair falling across his serious brown eyes.

“i’m not very peaceful.”

“that could make you the ideal candidate,” i replied. “you might actually have the courage it takes to practice nonviolence.”

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