Surprising Unknown Facts About Mister Rogers

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He advocated for government funding for children’s television.

Mister Rogers adresses Congress

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In the 1960’s, Congress planned to cut the budget for television programs such as PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. As a result, Fred Rogers spoke to the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications to fight for the funding for these educational programs. He expressed how important it was for children to be taught social and emotional intelligence by reciting the lyrics to one of his songs. He proved that TV shows like Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood were a necessity for young children to combat mixed messages found in other media sources. Even though John O. Pastore never watched Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, he got goosebumps from Fred Rogers six-minute testimony. He said: “I think it’s wonderful. Looks like you just earned the $20 million.”

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