I'm willing to bet that Wednesday's giant debacle of a debate was perhaps the most kid-culturally relevant Presidential debate in history -- it HAD to be the first time one of the candidates ever brought up Big Bird, at least! The silver lining to that otherwise dubious mention? If nothing else, Sesame Street-gate presented the perfect opportunity to get kids involved, or at least interested, in politics. Like 8-year-old Cecelia Crawford of Alabama, who was so outraged by Mitt Romney's promise to cut funding for PBS that she decided to write Mr. Mitt a letter. And what a letter it was!
Here's what she wrote:
Dear Mr. Romney,
I saw you on the debate last night and you said you would cut off PBS Kids with Sesame Street on it. It is was my faverite show on earth. But now I'm eight years old. When I grow up, I'm going to get married and I want my kids to watch it so do not cut it off. You find something else to cut off! Don't hurt little kids. They need Sesame Street where they can learn from it. Save Big Bird and his friends.
Cecelia Arlene Crawford
How great is that?! Impassioned, informed, brave -- no doubt because her parents value independent thought and self-expression. Which is both impressive and inspirational to me. I've never tried to shield my kids from the news or dumb current events down. Granted, I might filter some of the more disturbing facts for their sake, but on the whole, it's important to me that they have some working knowledge of the way their world works.
So that they can grow up wanting to change it, of course.
What do you think of Cecelia's letter to Mitt Romney?
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