A little old, but chock full of enough wackadoodle quotes to be your morning cup of head-go-boom-iness. FOX News on Mr. Rogers
and his effect on "the narcissistic society he gave birth to": "This evil, evil man
has now ruined a generation of kids." "Do you think that Mr. Rogers [...] ruined a crop of our newest, youngest generation?" "Instead of telling them 'you're special, you're great', why didn't he say, 'there's a lot of room for improvement, keep working on yourself'?"FOX & Friends
viewers agreed, with one respondent attributing the blame to a trifecta of Mr. Rogers telling kids they were special, Sesame Street
telling children "you need to be entertained to learn", and Dr. Spock's advocation of "lax discipline, no spanking."
The "study" that the Fox & Friends
morning hosts refer to is an interview
by Jeffrey Zaslow of the Wall Street Journal
of Louisiana State University finance
professor Don Chance
, who, reflecting upon the entitlement he felt his students seeking A's displayed, realized, "It just hit me. We can blame Mr. Rogers." Not, by the way, a study
Chance believes that the reason that those of his students who were Asian-born did not "hit [him] up for an A" was because of Mr. Rogers, among others, as "representative of a culture of excessive doting." He targets "you're special", "they're just children", "call me [first name]
", and "tell me about your day" as further indications.