Slow down

Fred Rogers (of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood fame) joined with the petitioning of Congress in 1969.

Two things stand out here:

1.  His observations about the cheap “drama” – the use of violence, slapstick, and fast motion – in children’s programming arguably more relevant today than they were in 1969.  Looney Tunes just became Nickelodeon.

2. His pace.  Here is a man so in control of himself, his thoughts, and his articulation, it seems as though there is wisdom just seeping from his pores.

Technology urges us to keep on, to move faster and faster.  Now we need a smart Prometheus projector screen and an iPad in every classroom.

What about silence?  When is the reflection that gives birth to wisdom supposed to occur?  Does that have a place in education anymore?



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