I think that Professor John Bale, who presented his view on Bob the Builder, has a somewhat distorted view of children's television if he honestly thinks that Bob is not a good role model for young people wanting to go into the construction business. I am currently Bob's biggest fan and am astonished that Professor Bale actually said: 'But sadly, as they grow up, the positive image wanes and negative perceptions flood in.' It is quite obvious that most high school students will not find Bob all that informative but this is like saying that a 17 year old will not find Listen With Mother stimulating. If Bob and his gang were aimed at teenagers wanting to start work, then the people who created Bob would be thought of as absolutely barmy.
I feel that Bob's cheery attitude is far more likely to 'fix it' for the construction industry that Professor Bale's 'grown up' whinging.
Can we be positive? Yes we can.
Katherine Bownes, age 11 (daughter of Tim Bownes), mail@timt58. fsnet.co.uk