Questioning How We Place Value

Original air date: Monday, February 22, 2016
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How do we know what we truly value in our lives? One way is to look at where and how we spend our money. When we put our money on something, we are investing in it. Another way is to look at how we spend our time. Are we watching TV that enriches us and makes us feel like better people? Are we contributing to the box office of a film that enriches our world? How do we invest our energy? Do we choose the things that really matter? Are we leaking energy on things that don’t really matter to us, but take up all our time? How much do we value ourselves in the equation of life? Join Stacy and Malayna as they come up with examples from pop culture and life!

Malayna’s Pre-Show Notes:


Top 300 Highest Paying Jobs in America

The top 20 are all medical, with #1 Anesthesiologist. ($232,830)

  1. Psychiatrists $177,520
  2. Chief Executives $176,840
  3. Chief Sustainability Officers

Then medical until 29 and 31 Petroleum Engineers and Lawyers

32 = Airline Pilots & then Air Traffic Controllers

34 = Law Teachers

  1. General and Operations Managers $114,850
  2. Physicists
  3. Nuclear Engineers $107,140
  4. Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers $106,780
  5. Actuaries
229 Philosophy & Religion Teachers – Post-Secondary

262. Copy Writers $68,420

263. Writers and Authors $68,420

264. Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers $68,420

Popular TV shows teach children fame is most important value, UCLA psychologists report

Being kind to others fell dramatically in importance over 10 years

(Stacy’s Alma Mater!)

Click to find out what TV Shows and Movies you can show to kids to realign their values in a fun way:

Fame is the No. 1 value emphasized by television shows popular with 9- to 11-year-olds, a dramatic change over the past 10 years, UCLA psychologists report in a new study.

On a list of 16 values, fame jumped from the 15th spot, where it was in both 1987 and 1997, to the first spot in 2007. From 1997 to 2007, benevolence (being kind and helping others) fell from second to 13th, and tradition dropped from fourth to 15th.

The study assessed the values of characters in popular television shows in each decade from 1967 to 2007, with two shows per decade evaluated, including “Andy Griffith” and “The Lucy Show” in 1967, “Laverne & Shirley” and “Happy Days” in 1977, and “American Idol” and “Hannah Montana” in 2007.

Yalda T. Uhls, a UCLA doctoral student in developmental psychology and the lead author of the study, said, “If you believe that television reflects the culture, as I do, then American culture has changed drastically.”

Community feeling (being part of a group) was the No. 1 value in 1967, 1977 and 1997, and it was the No. 2 value in 1987, the study found. By 2007, however, it had fallen out of the top 10, to 11th.

“The rise of fame in preteen television may be one influence in the documented rise of narcissism in our culture,” said the study’s senior author, Patricia M. Greenfield, a UCLA distinguished professor of psychology and director of the Children’s Digital Media Center @ Los Angeles. “Popular television shows are part of the environment that causes the increased narcissism, but they also reflect the culture. They both reflect it and serve as a powerful socialization force for the next generation.”

The top five values in 2007 were fame, achievement, popularity, image and financial success. In 1997, the top five were community feeling, benevolence (being kind and helping others), image, tradition and self-acceptance. In 2007, benevolence dropped to the 12th spot and community feeling fell to 11th. Financial success went from 12th in 1967 and 1997 to fifth in 2007.

The two least emphasized values in 2007 were spiritualism (16th) and tradition (15th); tradition had been ranked fourth in 1997.

The study is published in the July issue of Cyberpsychology: Journal of Psychosocial Research on Cyberspace, a peer-reviewed journal featuring psychosocial research on the impact of the Internet on people and society.

“The biggest change occurred from 1997 to 2007, when YouTube, Facebook and Twitter exploded in popularity,” Uhls said. “Their growth parallels the rise in narcissism and the drop in empathy among college students in the United States, as other research has shown. We don’t think this is a coincidence.

Lesson Plans Based on Movies & Film!

(Be honest; Don’t deceive, cheat or steal; Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do; Have the courage to do the right thing; Build a good reputation; Be loyal — stand by your family, friends and country)

Movies include:

  • The Invention of Lying – Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner
  • The King and I
  • Apollo 13
  • Lion King
  • Bend it Like Beckham
  • Contact
  • Ever After
  • Field of Dreams
  • Schindler’s List
  • Stand and Deliver – Edward James Olmos?
  • Wizard of Oz


(Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule; Be tolerant of differences; Use good manners, not bad language; Be considerate of the feelings of others; Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone; Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements)

  • Antz” and “A Bug’s Life” (Respect, Responsibility; SEL: Friendship; Subjects: Science-Technology) [9-12]
  • Around the World in 80 Days ( Responsibility, Respect, Fairnes; SEL: Gambling Addiction; Subjects: Science-Technology; World/England) [8 – 13]
  • Pride and Prejudice (Respect; SEL: Romantic Relationships; Sisters; Humility; Subjects: Literature/England; World/England) [12+; Literary devices analyzed: theme; foils, contrasting characters; character development; subplot; irony; and use of letters read by a character]
  • Color Purple
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Gods Must be Crazy
  • Gorillas in the Mist


(Do what you are supposed to do; Persevere: keep on trying!; Always do your best; Use self-control; Be self-disciplined; Think before you act — consider the consequences; Be accountable for your choices)

  • Into the Wild (Literature: NonFiction; Literary Devices: theme; allusion; U.S.: 1945 – 1991; SEL: Taking Care of Yourself; Families in; Crisis Friendship; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility) [14+]
  • It’s a Wonderful Life (Responsibility; Citizenship; SEL: Male Role Model; Suicide; Breaking Out; Subjects: U.S./1913 – 1945) [10+]
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood (SEL: Rebellion; Subjects: World/England & Middle Ages) [8 – 13]
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Memphis Belle
  • Pay it Forward 
  • Casablanca (Responsibility; Caring; Citizenship;; SEL Romantic Relationships; Redemption; Subjects: U.S./1941-1945; World/WWII; France & Morocco; ELA: Extended Metaphor; Allegory; Hero’s Journey) [12+]
  • The Right Stuff
  • Searching for Bobby Fisher
  • Shall We Dance
  • Happy Feet

(Be kind; Be compassionate and show you care; Express gratitude; Forgive others; Help people in need)

  •  Joy Luck Club
  • Amistad
  • Argo
  • Babe
  • Holland’s Opus
  • My Fair Lady
  • Pursuit of Happyness
  • Roxanne
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Literature/U.S.; SEL: Child Abuse; Courage; GBLTQ; Friendship; Romantic Relationships; Mental Illness;Suicide; Moral-Ethical Emphasis: Caring) [14+]
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • Emma
  • Good Will Hunting
  • West Side Story


(Do your share to make your school and community better; Cooperate; Stay informed; vote; Be a good neighbor; Obey laws and rules; Respect authority; Protect the environment)

  • 12 Angry Men (Fairness; Respect; Citizenship; SEL: Justice; Subjects: U.S./1945 – 1991 & The Law) [11+]
  • All the President’s Men (Trustworthiness; Responsiblity; Fairness; Citizenship; SEL: Courage; Teamwork; Subjects: U.S./1945 – 1991 & Politics) [12+]
  • Hotel Rwanda (Responsiblity; Citizenship; SEL: Human Rights; Courage; Subjects: World/Rwanda & the Post-Cold War Era; U.S./1991 – present) [14+]
  • Little Buddha (Subjects: Religions/Buddhism; World/Tibet) [10+]
  • Holland’s Opus (Responsibility; Citizenship; Caring; Respect; SEL: Education; Male Role Model; Parenting; Father/Son; Mother/Son; Marriage; Disabilities; Subjects: Music/Classical; U.S. 1945 – 1991) [10+]
  • South Pacific

The Foundation for a Better Life

As a nonprofit organization offering public

service announcements, we receive the generous support of air time and media space from many TV, radio and billboard companies. The Foundation does not pay for air time or media space, but rather benefits from donated media space which allows these messages to be seen and heard around the world.

The Foundation for a Better Life creates public service campaigns to communicate the values that make a difference in our communities. These uplifting messages, utilizing television, movie theaters, billboards, radio and the internet, model the benefits of a life lived by positive values. We believe people are basically good but sometimes just need a reminder. We also believe that the positive values we live by are worth more when we pass them on.

The goal of The Foundation for a Better Life is to offer inspirational messages to people everywhere as a contribution toward promoting good values, good role models and a better life.

We choose values we hope most indiv

iduals would find encouraging and relevant. Then we provide an uplifting message based on each value, in an effort to encourage people to bring out the best in themselves. As a nonpartisan, nonsectarian organization, we carefully design our public service messages to have general universal appeal.

The Foundation’s small staff works with a network of writers, art directors and production professionals. These individuals represent a wide range of ideals, viewpoints and cultural backgrounds. Their diversity reinforces the idea that values can serve as common ground for all.

 Ten Shows that Forced us to reimagine the American Family

Eight TV Shows With Family Values You Need to Own on DVD

  • Home Improvement (Sherry Hursey!)
  • Smallville
  • Growing Pains
  • Family Ties
  • Cosby Show
  • Step by Step
  • Full House
  • Boy Meets World


  • Addams Family
  • Andy Griffith
  • Brady Bunch
  • Jeffersons
  • Who’s the Boss? (I was on that show once!)
  • Full House
  • Married with Children
  • Ellen
  • Will & Grace
  • Modern Family

And yet, “Modern Family” is strangely conservative. It doesn’t grandstand on controversial issues, and the characters are highly relatable even to traditionalists. This combination—non-traditional elements presented in a non-threatening way—has potential to reshape cultural opinions and attitudes in profound ways. Like many before it, “Modern Family” is a sitcom about a non-traditional family that really values family.

6 Robin Williams Movies That Teach Us Progressive Values

By Mindy Fischer via Liberals Unite

Robin Williams could make us laugh, but he did a whole more than that. He made us think and dream. Because he wasn’t afraid to tackle the tough social issues in our society. ..through his acting, he taught us how to be human.

  1. The Fisher King – In this movie Williams took on the problems of homelessness and mental health problems.

The National Alliance for Mental Illness named this movie one of the top movies of all time to accurately portray mental illness. Robin Williams’ character plays a homeless man suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. And for this role, Williams received an Oscar nomination. In addition to this great movie, Williams also helped organize Comic Relief, which raised money for the homeless.

  1. Good Will Hunting – In Good Will Hunting, Williams tackled the issue of domestic violence.
  2. The Birdcage – Williams took on the issues of gender identity and homosexuality in this amazing film.
  3. Good Morning Vietnam – In this 1985 movie, Williams took on the subject of freedom of the press.

He goes against his commanders and locks himself in the radio booth so that he can report the news and bombings that were actually going on.

And not only did Williams teach us about press freedoms at times of war, but his character also was kind and compassionate to the local Vietnamese people. He taught us many great things in his movies, and this one is no exception. Williams assimilated to the local culture instead of demonizing them. He realized that

he could actually learn something from them.

  1. Patch Adams – In Patch Adams, Williams took on the issues of patient autonomy and the importance of Universal healthcare.

“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.”

“Our job is improving the quality of life, not just delaying death.”

  1. What Dreams May Come – In this incredible movie, Williams tackles the subject of suicide.

In this movie, Williams character’s wife commits suicide after the death of her family and is doomed to spend eternity in her own private hell of despair. Through Williams’ character’s unselfish love and determination to spend it in hell with her because of his love for her, the two are reunited in heaven, along with their children.

Rest now Mr. Williams….your work here is done.



About MalaynaDawn

She sees everything in life as a metaphor for spiritual growth, and loves sharing ideas. Author of Echoes Across Time, a spiritual adventure novel, she has written for a variety of positive websites and magazines, and dabbled in many areas of the entertainment industry and online media. Born and raised in the suburbs of Los Angeles, Malayna lived in Sri Lanka for 12 years, learning and writing about the world and its people. Find out what she's learned at!

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