England losing its traditional culture

England losing its traditional culture


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.  Stuart Chamberlain, manager of the Family Centre in Abingdon and the Sure Start centre in Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire, told the local Courier Journal newspaper: “We have taken the equal opportunities approach to everything we do.  “This is fairly standard across nurseries. We are following stringent equal opportunities rules. No one should feel pointed out because of their race, gender or anything else.”

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.

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”.

Gervase Duffield, a Conservative district councillor representing Sutton Courtenay and Appleford, denounced the ban as ridiculous.  “It’s the sort of thing that people continually do nowadays — it’s become something of a curse,” he said. “Why do people waste time and money doing this sort of thing when there are far more important things to think about when it comes to educating our children?”

A mother whose daughter attends the Sure Start nursery at the Family Centre in Abingdon, who did not want to be named, said parents had been astonished by the change.  “Baa Baa, Black Sheep has been one of the most well-known nursery rhymes for generations. For people to come along and fiddle with it is ridiculous. What on earth is a rainbow sheep anyway?  “I’ve spoken to other parents about it and none of us has ever heard of anyone getting offended by the words ‘black sheep’.”

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.  Last year, a nursery school in Aberdeen caused uproar, when teachers changed the lyrics to “Baa baa, happy sheep”.  Margaret Morrissey, of the National Confederation of Parent Teachers Association, said: “It’s really sad. Children for generations have loved and enjoyed nursery rhymes and it’s very sad if adult political correctness doesn’t allow them to grow up in an unbiased world.”

A DfES spokesperson said: “We don’t support this approach to the teaching of traditional nursery rhymes, but any such decision would be taken locally.”


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2073043,00.html Posted by jonjayray on Tuesday, March 7, 2006

6 thoughts on “England losing its traditional culture

  1. “Baa baa, rainbow sheep” has to be the most preposterous thing I’ve heard for 2010. The world is truly going mad!

  2. Well there are those who want the white race to totally “disappear from the world”, and then say 150 years from now, teach the non-white coloured children then, how evil the extinct white man was. How the white man was destroying the enviroment, and they were motivated by some-thing evil called Judeo-Christianity-(the worse religious philosophy in all of human history).How they had to be destroyed so that a new pagan/atheist/coloured,non-white/communist/socialist system had to emerge to save the world. Then finally the world will be on its eternal journey of evolving to the stars over millions, even billions of years into the future.FUNNY IF THERE IS NO GOD BUT ONLY EVOLUTION, THEN EVOLUTION MADE A MISTAKE CALLED THE WHITE MAN&JUDEO-CHRISTIANITY.

  3. It is difficult to comment when the source is not given so that it cannot be verified.
    Any sort of garbage can be presented here as a ‘factual’ report.

    • Descartes Iam a born-again white American Christian baby-boomer. On Pal-Talk I myself have talked to English atheist&they have told me that they will be glad when the white race dies off. This was in 2010. On Pal-Talk they have atheist vs christian chat rooms.Funny how you don’t hear black or other colored(yellow, brown, red) folk talk about dying off. These other non-white groups have “pride” but it is evil for white European peoples to have any pride. Here in America the black man is being elevated higher&higher. Spanish is becoming more&more common&soon Arabic will demand its place here in American society. I use to take these things “with a grain of salt” now I see that they don’t just want equality but want to take over. This president BHO, yes BHO#44, not B.O. is the worst president in the history of America. I assume that you are an atheist?

  4. It shows the great flaw in Liberal ideology. A college education doesn’t make you intelligent. With out the ability to think and reason, an education is wasted.
    It’s like having a Porche without a transmission. You can rev the engine all you want, your not going anywhere.
    Combine that with a closed intolerant mind which liberals have. If anyone doubts that they are closed minded or intolerant tell one you think a woman should stay at home and raise well adjusted happy children, or schools are in the toilet since forced integration and watch them shut down and walk away not before saying the few words in their meager arsenal like racist, pig, or red neck.

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