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City of Children

City of Children(1949)

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  • City of Children

    • Susanne Cavendish
    • 9/11/16

    I have a dream, along the lines of the short that TCM made available for us to see. A private school where children are taught the basics of how to think, starting with numbers, letters and words. It's such a basic concept and yet, it seems to have lost its vitality, in today's world. A child can make a life from how it makes use of numbers, letters and words. From there a child is on par with every other child, each at the level of his and her comprehension. In my estimation, the concept of Mooseheart could not be initiated or exist in today's world. Rather orphan children and those taken from unfit parents are made pawns in a world of placement that is centered on money and gain. Homes throughout America, become moneymaking propositions and charities become instruments of politics and correctness based on what is vogue, not what is best for the children. Many children are hidden from the rest of the world as, at risk children. Whatever happened to the basics of learning, which are the basics of thought, a concept, now so foreign in a world where opinion is more valuable than education, placing words into minds, more important than teaching the child to use the mind to process them, learning in Black and White and applying, what is learned, in Gray. Instead, children, today, are taught in Gray, leaving only the option of applying, based in emotion, when reference to what is learned reflects an empty cabinet and Black and White, the only options. It is a recipe for emotion and anger, opinion that is formed of being told. City of Children was a wonderful return visit to the past. Thank you TCM!

  • A Window Into Our Family History!

    • Anita Schultz
    • 9/1/16

    Thank you for offering this tremendous short video of Mooseheart! My husband's grandparents were both sent there when their parents died in the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918. They were loved and cared for, learned viable trades and fell in love with each other, marrying immediately following graduation. They were both wonderful, hard-working people that housed and guided each of their siblings as they made the transition from Mooseheart to adult life and then raised a family of their own. I'd say the "experiment" was successful. Thank you, TCM, for sharing the story of this awesome place with your viewers.

  • The Miracle of Mooseheart!

    • Kimberly Kalman
    • 8/10/16

    Thanks to MGM and John Nesbitt for capturing the wonderful spirit of love and humanity that is Mooseheart! "City of Children", one of the many short documentaries developed for the "Passing Parade" serials, shows the sprawling facility developed for children orphaned by tragedy or even the hard times of the Depression by the Fraternal Order of Moose in Illinois back in the early 1900's. My family and I are so lucky to have this short film as our Father (my father-in-law) and his brothers were actual residents. We have heard stories of what life was like and have experienced the values and character that was taught there. All of this comes through brilliantly in this film. Looking at it through today's lens, it seems something unreal, but it was all true. Children of all ages finding purpose, responsibility, adventure, camaraderie and love. Mooseheart prepared children for life and if my Father-in-Law is any example, what lives they went on to lead!! This is a definite "Must See". Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!!!

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