Growing up, I became familiar with a popular phrase from my favorite television show:
Like many shows on television in the 90s, kids weren’t seen as the enemy. Shows like Power Rangers taught children that they should learn martial arts, stay in school, and be “good kids”. Shows like Duck Tales showed us that being a ‘scrooge’ and being greedy with our money was wrong, and taught humility (in a somewhat misguided way).
Other popular programs like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles taught kids the names of renaissance painters, and taught us that pizza was the best food ever. Whether is was learning new ‘radical’ words on Rocket Power, or telling us we
Lately, however, it seems as though the ‘awesome’ days of kids learning lessons from TV are long gone. Instead of
Captain Planet teaching us about the environment, we are inundated with melodramatic shows like Glee, Teen Mom, and So Random (I realize Glee also tackles topical issues like homosexuality and acceptance…but the bitchy melodrama is hard to overlook). Long gone, seem to be the days where ‘educartoons‘ taught us that we could be ‘totally awesome’ and also want to be rocket scientists. Similarly, kids today are getting more and more negative reviews from their adult counterparts: they watch too much TV, spend too much time on computers, and are turning into ‘bad kids’.
Though the TV shows that taught us about being ‘good kids’ are gone, there are organizations that have worked towards combatting these negative stereotypes about kids.
One amazing one I learned about recently, is The Intersection. Founded by Goucher College grad Zeke Cohen, The Intersection works towards combatting the ‘bad kid’ stereotypes that exist in Baltimore. This program centers on a multi-step approach to engaging kids in the community to aid in the successful social change that needs to happen. Goucher College shares a strong connection with this program, as President Sanford Ungar sits on the board, and several of my close friends have direct involvement in the program.
Perhaps the time and energy that the media spends on vilifying the next generation of children would be better spent tuning in to amazing programs like this one, who are currently campaigning on Give Corps.
If you have time, take a minute to check out this amazing program, and help support Baltimore youth.