Rogers brought this turn of caring and courtesy not only to granular sum and phrasings, though a bigger messages his uncover would send. Hedda Sharapan, one of a staff members during Fred Rogers’s prolongation company, Family Communications, Inc., recalls Rogers once halted taping of a uncover when a expel member told a puppet Henrietta Pussycat not to cry; he interrupted sharpened to make it transparent that his uncover would never advise to children that they not cry.
In operative on a show, Rogers interacted extensively with educational researchers. Daniel R. Anderson, a clergyman before during a University of Massachusetts who worked as an confidant for a show, remembered a vocalization outing to Germany during that some members of an educational assembly lifted questions about Rogers’s proceed approach on television. They were endangered that it could lead to fake expectations from children of personal support from a televised figure. Anderson was tender with a abyss of Rogers’s reaction, and with a fact that he went behind to prolongation delicately screening scripts for any spirit of denunciation that could upset children in that way.
In fact, Freddish and Rogers’s truth of child growth is indeed subsequent from some of a heading 20th-century scholars of a subject. In a 1950s, Rogers, already good famous for a prior children’s TV program, was posterior a connoisseur grade during The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary when a clergyman there endorsed he also investigate underneath a child-development consultant Margaret McFarland during a University of Pittsburgh. There he was unprotected to a theories of mythological faculty, including McFarland, Benjamin Spock, Erik Erikson, and T. Berry Brazelton. Rogers schooled a top standards in this rising educational field, and he practical them to his module for roughly half a century.
This is one of a reasons Rogers was so sold about a essay on his show. “I spent hours articulate with Fred and holding notes,” says Greenwald, “then hours articulate with Margaret McFarland before we went off and wrote a scripts. Then Fred done them better.” As elementary as Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood looked and sounded, each fact in it was a product of a tremendously careful, academically-informed process.
This essay is blending from Maxwell King’s stirring book, The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers.