Last night I watched this clip from 1969 of Mr. Rogers defending public broadcasting at a Senate hearing. He was advocating for government funding of shows, like his, that encouraged and inspired children to be kind, generous and always growing on the inside. He specifically renounced the violence of the cartoons that were being fed to children depicting angry characters hitting each other over the head with pots and pans, rather than controlling their reactions. Citing his grave concern for our lack of teaching kids “the good feeling of control”, he asked to share the words to one of the songs he wrote to give children a tool in the middle of their heated moments of anger.
What do you do with the mad that you feel?
What do you do with the mad that you feel
When you feel so mad you could bite?
When the whole wide world …