Monday, March 13, 2006

Where do they get these idiots?

From across the pond - Why black sheep are barred and Humpty can't be cracked :
TRADITIONAL nursery rhymes are being rewritten at nursery schools to avoid causing offence to children.

Instead of singing “Baa baa, black sheep” as generations of children have learnt to do, toddlers in Oxfordshire are being taught to sing “Baa baa, rainbow sheep”.

The move, which critics will seize on as an example of political correctness, was made after the nurseries decided to re-evaluate their approach to equal opportunities.
The Brothers Judd asks whether rainbow sheep might not be gay bashing, but I was thinking ole Jesse Jackson's would be whining about the Rainbow Coalition is it were done over here.
In keeping with the new approach, teachers at the nurseries have reportedly also changed the ending of Humpty Dumpty so as not to upset the children and dropped the seven dwarfs from the title of Snow White.
Why just the title?
A spokesman for Ofsted, the watchdog which inspects Sure Start centres, confirmed that centres are expected to “have regard to anti-discrimination good practice” and that staff should “actively promote equality of opportunity”.
Not to mention sponsoring "terminal cluelessness." My favorite part:
This is not the first time, however, that the nursery rhyme — written in 1744 satirising the taxes imposed on wool exports — has fallen foul of political correctness. In 2000 Birmingham City Council tried to ban the rhyme, after claiming that it was racist and portrayed negative stereotypes. The council rescinded the ban after black parents said it was ludicrous.
Ya think? All of which goes to prove that there's nothing bureaucrats love more than power in search of a problem.