A study from Yale found that kids who watched ‘Mr. Rogers Neighborhood’ retained more information than children who watched ‘Sesame Street.’ They also had a higher ‘tolerance of delay’, meaning they were more patient

15 Heartwarming Facts About Mister Rogers

Fred Rogers remains an icon of kindness for the ages. An innovator of children’s television, his salt-of-the-earth demeanor and genuinely gentle nature taught a generation of kids the value of kindness. Here are 15 things you might not have known about everyone’s favorite “neighbor,” who was born on this day in 1928.

1. He was bullied as a child.

According to Benjamin Wagner, who directed the 2010 documentary Mister Rogers & Me—and was, in fact, Rogers’s neighbor on Nantucket—Rogers was overweight and shy as a child, and often taunted by his classmates when he walked home from school. “I used to cry to myself when I was alone,” Rogers said. “And I would cry through my fingers and make up songs on the piano.” It was this experience t… Continue Reading (6 minute read)

5 thoughts on “A study from Yale found that kids who watched ‘Mr. Rogers Neighborhood’ retained more information than children who watched ‘Sesame Street.’ They also had a higher ‘tolerance of delay’, meaning they were more patient”

  1. gerbil_111

    My 5 year old usually watches fast paced cartoons. He came across me.rogers today and sat through the whole slow-paced opera-singing episode. I kept telling my wife that there was no way he would stay engaged, but he did.

  2. treysplayroom

    Of course, they came on right after one another on PBS, so we all got a roughly equal dose of both. Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood is also one of the best jazz TV shows ever, thanks to the great Johnny Costa.

  3. ledfrisby

    What happened to the kids who watched creepy Spiderman and Elsa YouTube videos?

  4. szekeres81

    Everytime I read something about Fred Rogers, it makes me smile. This is from the same article

    > Responding to fan mail was part of Rogers’s very regimented daily routine, which began at 5 a.m. with a prayer and included time for studying, writing, making phone calls, swimming, weighing himself, and responding to every fan who had taken the time to reach out to him.
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    > “He respected the kids who wrote [those letters],” Heather Arnet, an assistant on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2005. “He never thought about throwing out a drawing or letter. They were sacred.”
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    > According to Arnet, the fan mail he received wasn’t just a bunch of young kids gushing to their idol. Kids would tell Rogers about a pet or family member who died, or other issues with which they were grappling. “No child ever received a form letter from Mister Rogers,” Arnet said, noting that he received between 50 and 100 letters per day.

  5. ShadeScapes

    Fred Rogers was the winner of the ultimate showdown of ultimate destiny.

    I think we all know why.

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