I am assignments away from obtaining a Master of Education in Youth Development Leadership, so you may see how the recent documentary, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, which covered the origins and impact of Fred Rogers and his television series on youth outreach in new media, was a fascinating study for me. During my time in my grad program, I brought forward issues of technology and communication, and the impact on social development, emotional bond and support, and civic engagement. I prompted conversations about youth suicide and how the greater coverage of celebrity suicide impacts mental health discussions on campus. I think Fred Rogers ia a hero and a genius.
I encourage you to watch Won't You Be My neighbor? as soon as you can.
Listen to an interview with Joanne Rogers.