There is a Youtube video of someone saying that Mr Rogers ruined a generation od kids by telling them they were special – huh?
I do believe that we should reward children who achieve success and goals – but that does not mean that “average” kids are not also wonderful.
We are all special, just for being ourselves. We don’t need to compare ourselves to someone else and feel unworthy because we are not as tall or thin or financially well off. We are special because of our personal interests, our talents and our perspectives.
Mr. Rogers had many working professionals visit his show and discuss their jobs and what made them good workers. Mr. Rogers did not tell anyone that their specialness meant they could not deliver the mail or work in a factory.
Mr. Rogers encouraged us to be better people who understood our humanity and emotions. In the Land of Make Believe there were characters who were greedy , stuck up, stubborn, uptight and had the full host of human shortcomings but were all willing to listen and improve themselves for their own good and the good of their neighbors.
I have never met a person in the Welfare Office who believed they were too special to be poor. Many of my clients have never heard of public television or PBS or Mr Rogers at all.
This was one study, it has not been duplicated and until it is – it is not FACT. Thank you FOX News for acting like 1 study is the truth.