Tag: Mr. Rogers

Remembering Mr. Rogers: Why You Should See Won’t You Be My Neighbor

I needed to restore my faith in humanity after listening to an endless loop of the heartbreaking cries of children separated from their parents by Trump’s border policy. I needed to hear the voice of Mr. Rogers, a man who embodied empathy, kindness, caring, and especially love of children. So I switched off the news,... Read more »

Honor Mr. Rogers by Caring for Our Neighbors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Fifty years ago today, on February 19, 1968, one of my personal heroes, Fred Rogers, launched his children’s show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The PBS program, featuring a kindly man in a cardigan and blue sneakers, introduced millions of young children to the concepts of patience, kindness, acceptance, and caring for their neighbors. When my children... Read more »

Words Matter: Trump Tweets but Mr. Rogers Comforts

When we were attacked on September 11, 2001, I was the director of Cherry Preschool. After making it through that awful day, I knew I had to find words to guide and comfort the parents of 200 young children. In that simpler twitter-less and Facebook-free era, I turned to Fred Rogers for words of wisdom.... Read more »

Mr. Rogers and Dr. Seuss Would Have Hated Standardized Testing!

A friend of mine who trains Chicago public elementary school teachers how to teach reading was lamenting how stressful her job had become.  While she was excited about some new techniques that enabled teachers to differentiate for their students, I asked her how a teacher with 30+ young students could manage having all of them... Read more »